Serial burglar jailed after fingerprints left at scene
A BURGLAR who had a change of heart halfway through a break-in has been jailed despite not stealing anything.
Serial burglar Alan Cuerdon (33), of Figtree Walk, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, started to break into a house on Edgecote Close, Ravensthorpe at 2am on June 13.
However, after reaching into the house through a window left open for the owner’s cat, he had a “moment of clarity” and turned away, without taking any property.
He left fingerprints at the scene, and was arrested a week later.
At a hearing at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday, Judge Neil McKittrick told Cuerdon that the law only allowed a prison sentence.
The court heard that Cuerdon had a long history of burglary offences dating back to 1993 and had served a number of prison sentences in the past.
But Angus Bunyon, defending, told the court: “He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
“It was a pretty random attempt, and he had a change of heart part way through. He said it was a moment of clarity for him and he never actually entered the property. He has not been convicted for burglary since 2005, despite his unattractive record.”
Judge McKittrick sentenced Cuerdon to 876 days in prison for one count of burglary with intent to steal and said: “I suspect your real problem has been drugs. The law means that I must sentence you to prison, even though you did not steal anything.”