A burglar fitted with a GPS tracker after being released from prison has been jailed again after police used the device to establish his movements.
Paul Collins, 31, of Fritham Road, Southampton, appeared at Southampton Crown Court today, having pleaded guilty earlier this month to burglary.
The charge related to an incident on August 28 this year when Collins broke into a flat in West End Road, Southampton.
The occupant was not there at the time, but used a doorbell camera with motion sensors inside her property to monitor her apartment.
At 5 a.m., she checked the camera through her phone and saw that a man was in her living room, rummaging through a chest of drawers near her television.
She called the police and returned home, where she found her Nintendo Switch console had been stolen, along with her Soda Stream machine and a bottle of Baileys.
Access was through a window.
Hampshire Constabulary’s burglary investigation team, Operation Hawk, identified Collins as the suspect because he was carrying a GPS beacon fitted in March when he was released from prison for another residential burglary in Southampton.
Tag data showed he was at the victim’s address at the time the criminality was committed.
For this latest burglary, Collins was jailed for 16 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £187.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Southey said: ‘The public should be reassured and criminals should know that we take burglaries at victims’ homes very seriously.
“Burglary is one of the most intrusive and impactful crimes and, in recognition of this, we are committed to attending to every report of a burglary at someone’s home, while making the best use of our teams. forensic, investigative and intelligence agencies that are determined to catch those responsible so they can be prosecuted for their crimes.
“The introduction of this Department of Justice-led tagging system is another positive step in reducing burglary offenses and gives police clear opportunities to catch repeat offenders quickly.”
Last year, the Department of Justice announced that burglars, thieves and thieves would be forced to wear GPS tags to track their movements after they were released from prison as part of a ‘world’s first plan’ to crack down The crime.
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