A burglar has been arrested and charged in Leeds Crown Court after being caught using some pretty compelling evidence. Mark Preston, aged 25, burgled a house while still wearing a GPS tracker attached to him as part of his conditional release from prison. When time came to review the GPS data police noticed that the satellite tracking placed Preston at the scene of a recent burglary in Horbury, Wakefield.
The prosecutors said that the house on Parker Road had been burgled on January 14th, some time in the early hours of the morning. The house’s occupants—a couple and a young child—were asleep in their beds at the time, but woke later to discover that some of their belongings had gone missing. The list of items included a Playstation, an iPhone, the family’s laptops, and the keys to the car parked outside the house.
Strangely, the car had not been stolen and some of the missing items were found placed inside the vehicle. Prosecutors say that the value of the property returned was approximately £500.
When Preston’s probation officer saw that he had been in the vicinity for ten minutes on the night of the burglary he was quickly arrested. Mr Smith, the prosecutor, said,
“As part of his licence conditions he was wearing GPS tagging equipment, which allowed the police to track his movements with a degree of precision.
“It is accurate to within about two metres so it was compelling evidence that the defendant committed the offence.”
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Although just in case further evidence was needed, police also found the keys to the car at Preston’s home. At this point, when the evidence had become overwhelming, Preston pled guilty to the charges.
Mark Preston had been sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for attempting grievous bodily harm, robbery, and possession of an offensive weapon. He was released on parole in August but has now been returned to prison because of this burglary. Preston’s legal counsel said that he had admitted the offence early on and was prepared to face the inevitable jail sentence. He has now been jailed for 16 months.