Career crooks sent to prison for Portsmouth burglaries

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TWO career criminals with more than 160 previous convictions between them have been jailed for burglary by a judge who branded their crimes ‘the most serious offences’.

Daniel Fisher, 38, and Adam Tame, 30, were jailed for 40 months and 32 months respectively for offences in which goods worth thousands were stolen.

The pair were caught after Fisher left DNA at one crime scene and a footprint at another while Tame was caught on CCTV.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Fisher forced his way into a two-bedroomed flat in Kings Road, Southsea, on May 2.

He fled with more than £1,300 of electrical goods, including two laptops and an XBox 360.

When police searched his Elm Grove home in Southsea and seized a pair of trainers, they found a match with a footprint left at the crime scene.

Then blood left on a door during a burglary at The Roundhouse, Gunwharf Quays, was found to match Fisher’s DNA.

Goods including mobile phones, laptops, and an iPad were stolen in the break-in on May 27.

Meanwhile, Tame was caught on camera carrying out bags of items during a burglary at a property in Cross Street, Portsmouth, on June 1.

Among items stolen were three laptops, credit cards and keys to the flat, including a fob that opened the block’s main door.

The next day, more goods were stolen in a break-in in Admiral Road, Portsmouth.

Uniyme Davies, prosecuting, said: ‘It appears that it was Fisher who entered the property and committed the burglary but Tame could be seen on CCTV at points sitting outside in a car and outside the property.’

The court heard both men have troubled backgrounds.

Tame, of Lake Road, Portsmouth, who has convictions for 109 offences, admitted one count of burglary. Another burglary was taken into consideration.

Fisher, who has convictions for 52 offences, admitted three burglaries.

Recorder Maria Lamb, sentencing, said: ‘It’s very difficult for someone to suggest that these are not the most serious offences.’