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Walsall house burglar locked up for two years

By Thomas Parkes | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A burglar desperate for drug money who raided two houses as they were being renovated has been locked up.

Wolverhampton Crown Court, where the case was heard

Craig Foster, who had a string of previous convictions, escaped from a property with a tool from a builder carrying out work on a house in Brookhouse Road, Walsall, on August 12, a judge heard.

The following day the workman asked the owner of the property whether he had moved his tools and when he discovered it had not occurred they checked CCTV footage, which showed the 42-year-old defendant trying successfully trying to get into the property on the ground floor, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Foster used a ladder to reach the upstairs windows, entering through one of them to take a power tool which he then sold for a fix of heroin, said Mr Hugh O’Brien Quinn, prosecuting.

Seven days later Foster entered an address in Walsall Road, Walsall, not realising a person was inside.

The worker heard a loud bang and went outside to find Foster climbing through the garage roof, with the defendant later fleeing on his red pedal bike.

But he was arrested the following day after a police officer identified him from the CCTV footage.

Stephen Cadwaladr said the defendant was full of remorse and had said: “I deserve it and I hope the judge will see me one day and realise the sentence did me good.”

He is now determined to give up on drugs that turned his life into a misery, the court heard.

Foster, from Penkridge Street in Coalpool, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

He was jailed for two years and four months by Judge Michael Challinor, who said: “I’m doing the best I can for you but this was a third strike burglary, meaning that the minimum sentence before credit for a plea must be three years.”

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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