Burglar caught out by smartphone

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A BURGLAR was caught after a stolen smartphone revealed his location.

James Ball took the iPhone and other electrical equipment when he burgled a house in Chester-le-Street as its owner slept, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The burglary was discovered at about 8am when the householder got up,” said Jane Waugh, prosecuting.

“The iPhone had an application which sends its location to a computer.

“This was activated and led the police to the home of the defendant’s mother.

“There, they found the defendant, the iPhone, and most of the stolen property.”

Ball, 25, of Wynyard, Chester-le-Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary. The court was told he has previous convictions for burglary and qualified for a minimum three-year sentence under the three-strikes-and-you’re-out rule.

Ball asked for two more burglaries and a shop theft to be taken into consideration.

Tony Davis, defending, said: “As is so often case, the burglaries were carried out to get money for drugs.

“He knows he will be sentenced commensurate with the relevant act of Parliament.

“That allows for some credit for a guilty plea, which the court may feel able to give him.”

Recorder Martin Bethel jailed Ball for two years and nine months.