Burglar who raided Sunderland home jailed after police track down stolen laptop

JAILED: Anthony Prenelle
JAILED: Anthony Prenelle
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A BURGLAR who stole a £1,000 laptop during an overnight house raid has been put behind bars.

Anthony Prenelle took an IT worker’s homemade computer, along with an iPad and a handbag, from a shared house on Hylton Road, Sunderland, in the early hours of November 15.

He was caught when the stolen laptop was tracked down to a shop where he had handed it in to be unlocked, and the handbag was found in is home.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Prenelle, of Hume Street, Sunderland, was jailed for two years and three months.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “These days, laptops are very personal things, people feel at a loss because a lot of their lives are recorded on laptops.”

The 54-year-old, who admitted burglary, has previous convictions for house raids.

He told police he had crept into the property through the unlocked front door.

The court heard all of the stolen property was recovered by police, including the stolen computer.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “The laptop, he built himself, it was worth in excess of £1,000.”

Lee Fish, defending Prenelle, said: “For the last few years he has been a dedicated family man who has not troubled the courts at all.

“He is married, they have children to care for.

“He would like to go home.”

Mr Fish urged the judge to suspend the prison term, but Judge Morris said the public would be “outraged” if he did.