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Video: Burglar caught creeping past window in Wollaton burglary

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A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after being found guilty of three burglaries and nine frauds relating to stolen bank cards.

Michael Peck carried out two of the burglaries at the same house in Wollaton Road, Wollaton, within two weeks in July 2019.

Three bank cards were taken in the first of these, on 5 July, along with an envelope containing the pin numbers of the cards and a quantity of cash.

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The 46-year-old was later caught on CCTV fraudulently using the cards at cash machines, where he withdrew hundreds of pounds.

In the second break-in at the same house on 15 July, Peck was confronted by the victim who knew him and recognised him.

He fled the scene but police recovered CCTV which showed him carry out the burglary -including creeping on all fours past a window – and his fingerprints were found at the scene.

Peck also smashed a ground floor window of a student house in Mansfield Road on New Year’s Eve 2018.

He stole two sets of car keys, a Nintendo Switch console, aftershave, spirits and cash from the property.

Peck, of Ford Street, New Basford, was identified after CCTV was found showing him at the house. He was also seen clicking the car keys in an attempt to find the cars they belonged to, although none of the cars were taken.

His blood was found on the smashed window, where he cut himself while breaking in.

When he was arrested, police searched his mother’s home and some of the stolen property from the burglary was found by officers.

Peck denied the offences but was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced on Friday (10 January).

Detective Inspector Kayne Rukas, of Nottinghamshire Police’s burglary team, said: “Peck is well known to local officers who immediately recognised him when they saw CCTV of the offences. His criminal history also meant we had his fingerprints and DNA on file which linked him to the offences.

“This was a significant sentence and was a great result to take a prolific offender off the streets of Nottinghamshire.

“Burglaries are an invasive crime and the thought of strangers coming into people’s homes can be deeply upsetting for the victims.

“Nottinghamshire Police treats burglary seriously and has burglary teams covering the city and county areas. We have seen a reduction in burglaries in the force area since their introduction and are committed to reducing burglaries further.”

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