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Workington burglar caught on camera is jailed

Carlisle Crown Court

A BURGLAR caught on camera as she broke into and stole from a man’s Workington home has been jailed for 16 months.

Cheryl Anne Parker, 38, snatched cash and personal belongings after smashing a window to enter her victim’s Yeowartville property on the morning of July 20 after he had gone to work. Parker was allowed into the man’s house the previous day after calling unannounced and asking for a drink.

Police investigating the crime checked CCTV and saw that she was “clearly recognisable” at the crime scene. A mobile phone and tablet she stole were found charging inside her address when it was searched.

All property – apart from a wallet and £300 cash – was recovered. Parker, of Seven Acres, Parton, Whitehaven, admitted burglary and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Peter Davies heard of her long-standing struggle with heroin. Although currently clean, she had missed recent appointments with agency staff despite having shown willing to tackle issues.

“The reading of your previous convictions is very sad and disgusting,” said Judge Davies who heard Parker had committed – and since been sentenced for – another burglary, on July 23.

“Your whole adult life has been decimated by the taking of drugs, and I have no confidence it is going to improve.”

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