Window cleaner jailed over burglary

A window cleaner who helped burgle a home in West Caister after finding the owner was out was yesterday jailed for nine months by a judge who said it was a “mean” offence.

A window cleaner who helped burgle a home in West Caister after finding the owner was out was yesterday jailed for nine months by a judge who said it was a “mean” offence.

Lee Bryan, 30, called at properties with another man offering window cleaning services, and when they found one home was unoccupied, he acted as a lookout while the other man ransacked the property and took valuables including a neck chain and fob which belonged to the owner's grandmother and was of particular sentimental value.

Bryan was arrested after his DNA was found on a hat recovered from the scene, Norwich Crown Court heard.

A hairdryer which had been taken in the burglary was also recovered from his home.


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Bryan, of Shakespeare Road, Yarmouth, admitted the burglary in July last year.

Jailing him, Recorder Guy Ayers told him: “This was a significantly mean offence.” He said he had put himself forward as a window cleaner and then took the opportunity to burgle someone's home by acting as a lookout. “You also shoulder the blame for what took place.”

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Jonathan Morgans, mitigating, said: “He became involved through misplaced loyalty. This was out of character.”

He said that he had not realised the full extent of what was going on in the property.

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