Criminal carried out burglary days after being electronically tagged

Gavel and scales
Gavel and scales

A court heard authorities were easily able to identify David Jones as the culprit for the break-in at a garage as he had been fitted with satellite tracking tag just four days earlier.

The GPS device was able to pinpoint his whereabouts at the time of the break-in on November 24 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Jones, 24, was released from Armley jail in Leeds on November 20 and volunteered to co-operate with police by having the tag fitted so his whereabouts could be monitored.

Four days later he went to a Halfords garage on Lock Lane, Castleford, and smashed his way into the premises before stealing keys to a car parked outside.

Jones searched the vehicle but left without taking anything. His fingerprint was later discovered in the car.

Jones then stole a vehicle from a farm in Gateforth, near Selby, in the early hours of December 1.

The tracking system showed that Jones then travelled to the Airedale area of Castleford with the stolen vehicle but it was not recovered.

Police identified Jones as being wanted in the Airedale and he was arrested after being spotted in the area.

The court heard Jones, of Fryston Road, Airedale, deliberately caused damage to his cell after being arrested.

He pleaded guilty to burglary, theft of a vehicle and criminal damage.

Jones has 31 previous convictions for 64 offence, mainly for burglary and vehicle crime.

Kara Frith, mitigating, said Jones had a problem with alcohol.

She said he had good intentions when he was released from jail on licence and had asked for the tag to be fitted.

The lawyer said Jones soon lapsed after returning to see his friends and committed the offences while in drink.

Jones was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You were released from custody and you plainly at that stage hoped to be able to keep out of trouble and that is why you asked to be fitted with a tag with a GPS system on it.

“Sober, you asked for help. But you have a problem with drink and it gets the better of you.”