Gildersome burglar jailed

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A man from Gildersome has been given a suspended sentence for his part in a city centre burglary.

Matthew Moore of Springbank Avenue, and Marc Walker, of no fixed address, targeted JMP consultants on June 11 this year, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The company occupies three floors of the West One office complex on Wellington Street in Leeds city centre.

The pair were caught on CCTV entering the building through a damaged door. A security officer contacted police after spotting them.

The two men searched offices and stole £3,600 worth of laptop computers but were arrested as they tried to leave in possession of the equipment. Moore told officers: “I’m guilty, bang to rights.”

Moore, 23, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Walker, 35, admitted to a schedule of offences worth £5,000 which included eight burglaries in one evening at office at the Joseph’s Well complex on Hanover Walk.

Elyas Patel, for Walker, said: “He has what can only be described as an appalling criminal record generally, and a persistent and rampaging record for commercial burglaries in general.

“His record might suggest he is some well oiled burglary machine. The reality is very far from that. There is nothing professional about the commission or execution of these offences. They were spontaneous and opportunistic.”

Mr Patel said Walker had a history of drug addiction which had been replaced by a dependency to alcohol.

Sean Smith, for Moore, said his client had a much less serious record of offending and described Walker as the more “sophisticated” offender.

Moore was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also made the subject of a community order and told to do 150 hours unpaid work.