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  • Robber took £726 carpet from neighbour's house and had accomplice re-fit it in his home
  • Ipswich Crown Court jails 26-year-old Shaine Preston for 12 months
  • Accomplice who helped re-lay carpet not prosecuted

A burglar was jailed yesterday after he stole a neighbour’s carpet . . . and re-laid it in his home five doors away.

Shaine Preston, 26, was arrested after DNA was found on a latex glove he left behind at the bungalow.

The carpet – worth £726 – and underlay in the conservatory had been pulled up and stolen, along with a television, a remote control and other items. The remote alone cost almost £194 to replace, the prosecution said.

Jobless Preston, of of Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, Suffolk, was jailed for 12 months at Ipswich Crown Court after he admitted burglary. He has 13 aliases and a string of convictions for dishonesty.

Catherine Bradshaw, prosecuting, said the of the house was away when Preston broke in just before 9pm on June 18.

A neighbour heard a suspicious noise at the home and contacted the owner, who alerted police.

A bathroom window had been smashed, apparently with a brick which was lying in the bath, police said.

Preston claimed he was asked to ‘move an old carpet’ and named another man – not prosecuted – as an accomplice.

The court heard that the other man had laid the carpet on the stairs and landing of Preston's home, while the burglar himself dumped the TV in a field.

Andrew Thompson, defending, said Preston had been drinking on the night he was asked to help.

Mr Thompson said: ‘He was somewhat at a loose end at the time of the offer.

‘He was approached by an acquaintance he knew moderately well who indicated he needed help to move property from a building.

‘The defendant’s address and this address were fairly close.

‘He did go and get a latex glove from home in order to assist his acquaintance in carrying it [the carpet] out.’

Judge Rupert Overbury told Preston that he had caused serious damage to the house during the raid.

He said: ‘Breaking into other people’s homes whether they are unoccupied or not is a serious offence against the community.

‘It affects other people’s lives. It affected the owner’s life in this case.’

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