A pair of fes­tive thieves who were caught

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

DRUG ad­dict Nathan Foun­tain raided his ill next door neigh­bour’s home on Christ­mas Day to feed his heroin habit.

Ca­reer bur­glar Foun­tain (then 31) of Mount Pleas­ant, Stan­ground, took presents and ir­re­place­able sen­ti­men­tal items as his neigh­bours cel­e­brated Christ­mas in 2009 with friends and rel­a­tives, but he left blood at the scene which was later matched.

One of his bur­glary vic­tims had re­turned from hos­pi­tal af­ter a kid­ney trans­plant just weeks be­fore.

Foun­tain pleaded guilty to one count of bur­glary, with 10 other bur­glar­ies taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, and was jailed for three years at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court in March 2010. IN Christ­mas 200 a guest bur­gled a lux­ury fam­ily home in the Or­tons – af­ter be­ing in­vited to join in fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions

Dale Adams’ fool­ish Christ­mas Day es­capade was cap­tured on CCTV cam­eras in a lux­ury home in Or­ton North­gate.

Adams (then 1 ) spent three hours in the mid­dle of the night care­fully choos­ing thou­sands of pounds worth of Christ­mas gifts to steal by the light of his mo­bile phone, hav­ing hid­den him­self away while his hosts Melisa and Tony Dell went to bed.

Adams had been in­vited to spend the evening at the Dells’ home be­cause he had con­nec­tions to the fam­ily, but later took items in­clud­ing a lap­top com­puter, a dig­i­tal cam­corder, Nin­tendo Wii and Xbox games con­soles.

Adams pleaded guilty to bur­glary in court and was sen­tenced to a year in a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion.

Mrs Dell said af­ter­wards: “It’s not jus­tice for me. We in­vited this per­son into our home and he ru­ined our Christ­mas.

“From the mo­ment he walked in he knew what he was go­ing to do. He must have thought it was a trea­sure chest.

“I could have walked down­stairs at any time. It’s fright­en­ing to think what could have hap­pened.”

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Dale Adams was recorded on CCTV

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