Burnley thief struck a week after leaving prison

David Kelly (s)
David Kelly (s)

An ex-prisoner who stole a week after being released from prison is back behind bars.

David Kelly, of Hurst Street, Burnley, went into a house in Parliament Street, Burnley, that had already been raided. He thought the house had been abandoned, but mum Laura Wilson had only left because of domestic violence. She learned of the burglary on Facebook and when she was phoned by a friend.

Kelly was jailed for 16 months. He admitted taking weights, a baby box, clothing and prints, all of which were recovered.

When he was arrested he told police the back door had already been broken. He had been told by two teenage lads that there was property to steal, but said that he did not take the washing machine and jewellery, which is still missing.

Mr Mark Stuart (defending) said that Kelly accepted there was no prospect of him not being sent back to prison.

The defendant had been led to believe the house had been abandoned, and although he had an appalling history of theft and dishonesty he did not go into other people’s houses to steal. All the property had been recovered and he was not involved in breaking in. He had a long-standing drug addiction, but he was making good progress with treatment.

Sentencing, Miss Recorder Suzanne Goddard said: “If you can rid yourself of addiction it is not too late to make something of your life.”