Burglar locked up after raid on friend's house during month-long spree
A prolific offender, who burgled the home of a family friend, has been jailed after stealing a car, jewellery and cash in a spate of raids.
Robert Wayne Fieldhouse, of Granger Street, in the Buffery area of Dudley, was sentenced after pleading guilty to burglary, theft and driving offences.
Fieldhouse burgled his friend’s home, in Kings Avenue, Tividale, on August 6 this year, before embarking on a month-long crime spree in Sandwell and Dudley.
On August 27, he broke into a garage at an address, in Castle Road, Tipton, and stole the homeowner’s Suzuki.
Three days later the owner spotted Fieldhouse brazenly driving his stolen car.
A few weeks later Fieldhouse struck again, this time breaking into a house on Dudley Road, Tipton.
He managed to steal jewellery and electrical items before getting spooked by an alarm.
Forensic investigators attended the scene and found a sample of blood on the bannister.
The DNA was tested and found to match that of Robert Fieldhouse.
DNA also linked him to another incident during which he smashed his way into a taxi and stole cash from inside.
The 38-year-old was arrested by officers on September 29 and charged with an array of crimes.
He pleaded guilty to 10 separate offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court on November 18 and was sentenced to four years and six months behind bars.
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