Jail for burglar who stole valuable hi-fi from a Rugby home

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A Rugby man had his new home targeted by burglars who were after his valuable hi-fi equipment.

But one of the culprits, Shane Singleton, was caught after he was named in a recorded conversation between a friend who sold some of the property for him and another person.

And at Warwick Crown Court, Singleton, 19, of Ferndown Road, Rugby, at the time, was sentenced to 16 months detention after pleading guilty to the burglary.

Prosecutor Iain Willis said the victim had only lived at his maisonette in Hudson Road, Rugby, for two-and-a-half weeks at the time of the burglary last year.

He went out for the evening, and when he returned in the early hours of the morning he found he had been burgled and £1,450 worth of hi-fi equipment, his laptop computer, the TV and other property had been taken.

David Everett, defending, said: “He is beginning to understand where he should be going in his life, and the probation service feel he is someone they can work with.” He asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence.

But jailing Singleton, Judge Alan Parker told him: “You have got to go to custody.”