Burglar forgot he trashed Gosport sheltered housing office

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A DRUG addict burglar who ransacked an office at a sheltered accommodation block has been jailed.

Keiran Gray broke into the office in Toronto Place, Gosport, just two days after burgling an industrial unit where a man was living.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 24-year-old later told police that when he trashed the office causing £1,000 of damage he had taken so many drugs that he could not remember committing the crime.

Gray was sentenced to a year in jail.

The court heard that he stole a digital camera worth £80 and mobile phone worth up to £50 during the raid.

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘The inside of the office itself was ransacked.

‘Trashed is the word used by one of the witnesses.

‘There were personal papers relating to one of the residents strewn around.

‘No personal papers appear to have been taken.’

A CCTV system had been pulled off the wall and broken.

Mr Sawyer added: ‘The system itself was found on the floor and the system was no longer working and a computer with a couple of monitors and keyboards was also smashed up, the CCTV clearly damaged in order to conceal who it was who entered.’

Gray, of Hudson Close, Gosport, was caught after his DNA was found on a hammer left in the office after the burglary, which was committed between 4am and 7am on June 19. When police searched his room they found a small amount of cannabis and steroid.

Mr Sawyer said that when he was interviewed by police Gray said ‘he said he wasn’t going to deny committing the burglary but he couldn’t remember doing it’.

Gray admitted charges of burglary, possessing cannabis and a steroid.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a 12-month suspended sentence imposed for the burglary at the industrial unit on June 21.

Gray admitted breaching the sentence by failing to report for supervision on one occasion and breaching a drug rehabilitation requirement on three occasions.

He was sentenced to serve seven days in prison concurrently for the two drug offences.