Serial Lincoln house burglar jailed for five years

Gary Peacock made off with jewellery and electrical goods after he targeted the properties at North Hykeham while the householders were out.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that Peacock broke into a property in Augustus Close off the town’s Mill Lane and searched every room.

He stole a number of items and also took the family’s Ford Focus car which was parked in the driveway. The vehicle was later found in a nearby street.

The victims discovered that their home had been burgled when they arrived back after an afternoon out.

They then found that a window at the home of their next door neighbours, who were on holiday, had been smashed and they had also been burgled. Jewellery and other items including an Xbox were taken.

In a third raid Peacock broke into a house in Titus Way stealing £300 cash. a PlayStation, an iPod, a sat nav and other items.

Peacock, 42, of no fixed address, admitted three charges of burglary and theft of a Ford Focus car all committed on August 22 2015. He also admitted attempted burglary of a property in Reservoir Road, Surfleet, on July 6 2015.

He was jailed for five years to run concurrently with another five year jail term he was given in December 2015 for other burglary offences.

The court was told that he has 26 previous convictions for a total of 102 offences.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told him: “You have a bad record for dwelling house burglary.”

Lisa Hardy, in mitigation, said Peacock had a difficult early life in care.

“Then he came to learn as to how he came to be in a care home which was devastating. He is now receiving counselling for the first time.”

She said that Peacock simply “lost the plot” and is now keen to resume life with his family as soon as he is able to.