Man with 85 previous convictions is jailed for burgling Grantham home while owner slept

Andrew Mason.
Andrew Mason.
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A burglar who raided a Grantham terraced house while the occupier slept unaware has been jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Andrew Mason broke into the property in Alfred Street and made off with two laptop computers and a computer hard drive, together with bottles of alcohol and other items.

David Allan, prosecuting, said: “The victim woke up at 6.30am to discover that his house had been burgled. In the living room he found a set of drawers had been opened. A wine glass had been smashed.”

Mason was linked to the raid after his fingerprints were found at the scene.

The stolen laptops, together with some of the other stolen property, were recovered when police search Mason’s home in early April but some of the items remain missing.

Mason, 34, of no fixed address, admitted a charge of burglary between March 25 and 28 this year.

The court was told he had 85 previous convictions although no previous for house burglary.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Mason was bipolar, had problems with drugs and at the time of the offence was living in temporary accomodation after a fire at his flat.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said “He was sofa-surfing and sleeping wherever he could lay his head.”

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Mason: “You have a bad record including many offences of dishonesty but there are no previous convictions for dwelling house burglary.

“There has to be a custodial sentence. I cannot justify anything else.”