Heroin addict stole from parents’ Trentham home while they were on holiday, court told

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A homeless man broke into his parents’ home in Trentham and stole more than £1,000 worth of goods while they were on holiday, a court heard.

Stephen Edge, 35, gained entry into the house between June 27 and July 14 2015, through a window using a screwdriver, which he left on the floor, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor David Swinnerton said Edge’s DNA was also found in the kitchen, even though he had been banned from the property due to his drug use.

Items including watches, jewellery and electrical goods with a total value of £1,500 were reported missing.

Edge, of no fixed address, was already on bail for a previous offence involving blackmail and kidnap when he carried out the burglary of his parents’ home.

A victim statement read out to the court said: “We have given him numerous chances over the years and have spent thousands of pounds.

“This is not the first time he has stolen from us, but it is the final straw.”

Nick Tatlow, mitigating, said: “Mr Edge was homeless, addicted to heroin and desperate.

“He moved to Leicester for a fresh start but unfortunately that didn’t work out for him.”

Edge was jailed for 11 months after he admitted the burglary.

Judge David Fletcher said the circumstances leading to the crime were “all to familiar”.

He said: “There is little to be said in regards to mitigation.

“It is apparent he did not get the help he needed.

“This has caused a considerable amount of distress for the householders.”

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