Prolific Basildon crook admits burgling 55 homes in 5-year spree

Prolific Basildon crook admits burgling 55 homes in 5-year spree

Prolific Basildon crook admits burgling 55 homes in 5-year spree

First published in Echo News by , Reporter

A PROLIFIC burglar has been locked up for two years after admitting breaking in to scores of Basildon homes.

Daniel Pritchard, 23, admitted breaking in to 55 homes during a five-year crime spree, when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court.

Pritchard, of Mapleford Sweep, Basildon, even broke in to one family’s home on Christmas Day in 2010.

The court heard Pritchard is currently serving a three-year sentence in Chelmsford Prison for a different set of burglaries .

While in prison, he was linked to a burglary on Christmas Day, 2010, December 27, 2010, and one in Oldwyk, Vange, onMay 11 2013, where £8,829 of jewellery and electrical goods were taken.

He contacted detectives at Essex Police to tell them he wanted to own up to a further 52 unsolved crimes committed between 2007 and 2013.

Judge Graham sentenced him to two years in prison for the offences.

He said he was able to take one year off the minimum sentence because Pritchard had owned up to the offences.

Sentencing Pritchard, Judge Graham said: “You committed house burglaries by forcing windows using a tool.

“After you were sentenced for a different set of burglaries in November, you approached the police to make further admissions.

“Under normal circumstances, you would attract a minimum three-year sentence, however the unusual circumstances of this case mean I can descend from this.

“Without your cooperation with the police, many of these crimes would have remained unsolved and property unrecovered.

“I accept the steps you have taken to wipe the slate clean.”

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7:49am Wed 4 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Why did the judge automatically assume he would be given the minimum sentence of 3 years ? I suggest that 55 burglaries over 5 years (not forgetting the previous crimes he has been convicted of) would warrant more than the minimum sentence.

It should have been close of the maximum sentence allowed, then the standard 1/3 taken off for a guilty plea. So all in all he should have got approximately 6 years (after the deduction) , meaning he would serve 3 inside rather than the 18 months he will now do.

The story does not mention if the sentence will be concurrent with his current one.
Why did the judge automatically assume he would be given the minimum sentence of 3 years ? I suggest that 55 burglaries over 5 years (not forgetting the previous crimes he has been convicted of) would warrant more than the minimum sentence. It should have been close of the maximum sentence allowed, then the standard 1/3 taken off for a guilty plea. So all in all he should have got approximately 6 years (after the deduction) , meaning he would serve 3 inside rather than the 18 months he will now do. The story does not mention if the sentence will be concurrent with his current one. supermadmax
  • Score: 24

8:46am Wed 4 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

I can't believe these burglars are stupid enough to be caught. It was never my method of crime back in my day, but if I ever did do a burglary, I would at least use gloves to shield my fingerprints. Alot of these burglars probably don't even bother to wear gloves and leave their fingerprints everywhere. They may as well leave behind some ID. Its a big price to pay for such a small thing to remember.
I can't believe these burglars are stupid enough to be caught. It was never my method of crime back in my day, but if I ever did do a burglary, I would at least use gloves to shield my fingerprints. Alot of these burglars probably don't even bother to wear gloves and leave their fingerprints everywhere. They may as well leave behind some ID. Its a big price to pay for such a small thing to remember. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -14

10:11am Wed 4 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Scum, put him down!
Scum, put him down! SLord90
  • Score: 7

10:45am Wed 4 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

55 homes in a 2 year spree,and already serving 3 for other burglaries ....but only gets another 2 years thats another crime in itself surely, what a sorry looking excuse for a man he is too.
55 homes in a 2 year spree,and already serving 3 for other burglaries ....but only gets another 2 years thats another crime in itself surely, what a sorry looking excuse for a man he is too. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 9

12:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ian P says...

Shame he did not break in to Judge Graham's house. He might have got the sentence he deserves then.
Shame he did not break in to Judge Graham's house. He might have got the sentence he deserves then. Ian P
  • Score: 7

1:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bosniavet says...

Come on Echo, report the story properly - is the sentence to be concurrent or consecutive in relation to the existing sentence? If it is concurrent, then nothing has been achieved, other than to clear up unsolved crimes & ensure that Mr Pritchard has not really received punishment for these crimes.
Come on Echo, report the story properly - is the sentence to be concurrent or consecutive in relation to the existing sentence? If it is concurrent, then nothing has been achieved, other than to clear up unsolved crimes & ensure that Mr Pritchard has not really received punishment for these crimes. Bosniavet
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

the25man says...

A person like this should have any Human Rights he may have be taken away from him as he has not respected the rights of all the peoples houses he broke into. Hard labour comes to mind
A person like this should have any Human Rights he may have be taken away from him as he has not respected the rights of all the peoples houses he broke into. Hard labour comes to mind the25man
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

John Bull 40 says...

born and raised criminal wrote:
I can't believe these burglars are stupid enough to be caught. It was never my method of crime back in my day, but if I ever did do a burglary, I would at least use gloves to shield my fingerprints. Alot of these burglars probably don't even bother to wear gloves and leave their fingerprints everywhere. They may as well leave behind some ID. Its a big price to pay for such a small thing to remember.
He has changed his name again, but still the same old rubbish just to wind
people up.
[quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: I can't believe these burglars are stupid enough to be caught. It was never my method of crime back in my day, but if I ever did do a burglary, I would at least use gloves to shield my fingerprints. Alot of these burglars probably don't even bother to wear gloves and leave their fingerprints everywhere. They may as well leave behind some ID. Its a big price to pay for such a small thing to remember.[/p][/quote]He has changed his name again, but still the same old rubbish just to wind people up. John Bull 40
  • Score: 2

10:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Fab man says...

What worries me is it takes this idiot to admit to 52 other crimes for the Police to finally solve them. Bet the Officers were fighting over who was going to process this so they could meet their 'targets'.
What worries me is it takes this idiot to admit to 52 other crimes for the Police to finally solve them. Bet the Officers were fighting over who was going to process this so they could meet their 'targets'. Fab man
  • Score: 2

11:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

profondo asbo says...

the drugs don't work...
the drugs don't work... profondo asbo
  • Score: 0

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