Prisoner admits string of burglaries across Bolton
A STRING of burglary cases has been solved after a prisoner serving a lengthy jail term decided to come clean about his crimes, Bolton Crown Court heard.
In November last year Michael Jones was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection for committing grievous bodily harm.
He was told he would spend at least seven years behind bars.
But yesterday a judge at Bolton Crown Court was told that he subsequently confessed to other crimes, claiming to have committed 14 more offences.
Michael Murray, prosecuting, said police drove Jones around Greater Manchester and six burglaries which he said he had committed but had gone undetected, were identified.
On each occasion he had ransacked the homes and stolen several thousand pounds worth of goods including laptops, money and jewellery.
Jones, aged 25, of no fixed address, asked for four other offences of burglary to be taken into consideration. There had been no evidence to link Jones to the crimes, but Alison Heyworth, defending, said: “He wanted to put the offences behind him. It was his efforts which cleaned the slate.”
Judge Timothy Stead stated that any sentence he could pass for the burglaries would not lengthen the time Jones will spend behind bars.
Jones was sentenced to 876 days in jail to run concurrent to the sentence he is already serving.