‘Don’t leave your keys in the door’: Shameless burglar sent text message to Northamptonshire householder after stealing mobile phone

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  • Robert Moore stole mobile phones, laptops and cars from homes in Northamptonshire
  • He stole food from one house and left DNA evidence on a teaspoon
  • He sent a text message to one householder telling him he ‘shouldn’t have left his keys in the door’
  • Moore tried to sell stolen items to undercover police officer
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A prolific burglar who broke into more than 20 homes in Northamptonshire during a four-month period has been given a five-year jail sentence.

Robert Moore, aged 41, was caught after he tried to sell stolen goods such as laptops, mobile phones and cars to an undercover police officer.

Northampton Crown Court heard Moore came into contact with the undercover officer as part of Operation Fever, the crackdown on Class A drug dealing, on November 6 last year.

Neil Bannister, prosecuting, said Moore, who pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs, delivered a quantity of heroin to the undercover officer.

On November 18, he told the officer he had carried out a burglary at an address in Irchester and stole a laptop and a mobile phone.

Mr Bannister said Moore, of no fixed abode, only did “night-time” burglaries not daytime.

On November 25, Moore told the undercover officer he had taken an iPhone, jewellery and a Volkswagen Golf from a house in Irthlingborough.

Two week later he then admitted another burglary of a property in Wellingborough where he stole two mobile phones.

Mr Bannister said the owner of the mobile phones sent a text message to them asking for them to be returned.

The owner then received a text message back from Moore saying they “shouldn’t have left their keys in the door.”

Moore also admitted a further three house burglaries who carried out in Wellingborough in January , in which he stole cash, mobile phones, laptops and a BMW Mini Cooper car.

He was identified by police after he left his DNA on a teaspoon he used to eat food from the fridge of a house in Wellingborough he broke into on January 11.

The court heard Moore was arrested on February 10 but was then released on bail as officers were unaware of the undercover Operation Fever.

A day later, Moore than committed another house burglary in Irchester.

Mr Bannister said many of the items stolen in the burglaries had been returned to the householders due to the information received by the undercover officer.

As well as the seven burglaries he was charged with, Moore also asked for another 15 burglary offences to be taken into consideration.

Judge Rupert Mayo said the burglary committed while he was on bail was the “most serious” and sentence him to three years in prison. For the other burglaries he was sentenced to 34 months in prison, to be served concurrently.

For supplying the Class A drugs, he was sentenced to two years in prison, to be served concurrently.

Judge Mayo said Moore is likely to serve half his five-year sentence in jail before being released on licence.

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