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Thief sent to prison.

A BURGLAR whose crimewave wrecked Christmas for his victims is behind bars.

John Colefax needed cash to buy heroin after a decade of addiction.

And during a spate of attacks last December he burgled three homes, tried to enter another and pawned property stolen from a relative.

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery was taken as well as other property, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

One mum lost pounds 153 of Christmas vouchers along with her ASDA savings card which had pounds 77 on it to spend.

Another couple returned to find their pounds 2,000 patio window smashed and pounds 2,000 of property missing.

Jailing Colefax for 21 months, Judge Tim Hewitt said: "These are serious matters and they have a serious effect on the people who are burgled."

Colefax, 32, of Reglan Close, Oxclose, Washington, admitted burglaries at Raby Road, Richmond Avenue and Cotswold Close.

He also admitted attempting to burgle a house in Albany and handling jewellery stolen from his aunt's home.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2007
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