Prolific burglar to take a ride with police in Axminster
A PROLIFIC Axminster burglar is to be taken for a ride in a police car around the town – to admit to his other offences.
Michael Taylor, 19, reoffended after been made the subject of a community order in March.
He now faces jail, because of the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule, after admitting to burgling two properties in the town and stealing from a resident.
But the case has been adjourned so other offences he has committed can be taken into consideration (TICs), with Taylor taking a trip out with Honiton CID to point them out.
The court heard the heroin addict broke in to Cloakham Lawns Sports Centre on May 26 and stole goods.
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On June 1, he burgled a house in North Street – taking items such as a computer monitor, digital photo frame and disc player.
Between June 1 and 3, he took a woman’s bank statement and cheque.
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Taylor, of Ridgway Court, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and one of theft at Exeter Crown Court.
In mitigation, Gareth Evans said: “He’s a heroin addict and that seems to be at the route of his offending.”
He added: “He has three strikes for burglaries, so it’s inevitable what’s going to happen.”
Prosecuting, David Bowen said the TICs would give Taylor an opportunity to have a clean slate and would be in the public interest.
The court had ordered the community order in March of this year, with a drug rehabilitation requirement.
Judge Cottle said the TICs would give Taylor a chance to ‘clear up’ his other crimes.
He also asked for a report on his performance under the community order, and recommended sentencing be adjourned
He said: “The order was made in March, not very long ago, so I don’t suppose it could have been a good idea to put you on a community order in the first place.”
It was proposed Taylor would spend time with the police to admit to other crimes he had committed.