Selston burglar is jailed for four years

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A burglar who carried out a series of break-ins in Selston has been jailed for four years.

David Alexander Rowe, 25, of Alexander Avenue, Selston, was found guilty of burglary on Friday 14th March at Nottingham Crown Court after a one-day trial.

The court heard that Rowe, along with a 17-year-old boy from Selston, had been responsible for a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the area in October 2013.

The 17-year-old received a community order.

On Saturday 26th October Rowe and the 17-year-old attempted to break into a property in St Helen’s Drive by pulling off the door handle.

The following night (Sunday 27th October 2013) Rowe broke into a property in Alfreton Road and disconnected the electricity while the elderly occupant slept.

He broke into a safe and stole several items of jewellery but left behind his own black Nike trainers.

On Monday 28th October 2013 a resident of Walters Crescent woke in the early hours to the sound of a box being broken outside his property. He saw Rowe and the 17-year-old attempting to break into his house.

The same night a house was targeted in Lindley Street. The pair broke in through an open window and stole keys and the victim’s grey Mazda RX8.

The court heard that the pair were also responsible for stealing number plates from three cars in Selston as well as fuel from a service station in Alfreton Road on 28 October 2013.

Intelligence gathering, CCTV and forensic evidence from the trainers linked Rowe to the break-ins. He and his accomplice were arrested.

Detective Constable Neil Allsop, of Mansfield North Police Station, said: ““I hope this sentence sends out a message that Nottinghamshire Police treat burglary very seriously and offenders can expect to be located and sent to prison.”