Police says getting teenage burglar Jessie Gray, 19, locked up ‘is a big victory for Wisbech’
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A teenager, who broke into a care home, a hair salon and was disturbed during a midnight burglary, has been sent to a young offenders’ institute for two years.
DC Paul Baxter said: "Getting him off the streets is a big victory for Wisbech, he is an example that it doesn't matter if you didn't take anything - the intent was there and we will come down on you just as hard."
Jesse Gray, 19, was seen running out of a house in Sixth Avenue, Wisbech, after he woke a sleeping couple at about 12.30am on July 13.
He had picked up three mobile phones and a wallet but dropped one of the phones and the wallet in his escape.
Shortly after, he broke into Glenfields Care Home in Money Bank, Wisbech but was disturbed by a member of staff and fled empty handed.
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He was arrested five minutes later after police tracked one of the stolen phones from the home in Sixth Avenue.
The following day he was further arrested following a fingerprint match for another burglary on July 13 where Gray had entered a hair salon in Norwich Road, Wisbech but had again left empty handed.
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Gray, of Kinderley Road, Wisbech, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary with intent to steal.
He was sentenced to two years in a young offenders' institute.
Anyone with information about burglary should call police on 101 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.