'The creeper' locked up after crime spree

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A serial burglar who crept into his victims' bedrooms while they slept has been put back behind bars.

Stuart Campbell was nicknamed 'the creeper' by police because of the way he carried out his raids.

He embarked on a crime spree of 80 burglaries just days after being released from prison.

The cocaine addict had just finished a five-year sentence after admitting a previous spree of 126 burglaries in 2003.

The 33-year-old was released on licence in June 2008 and was back to his old tricks in a matter of days.

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Now Campbell, who committed the burglaries across Portsmouth and Havant to fund his habit, will spend another five years behind bars.

Campbell sometimes raided up to eight houses a day to finance his addiction.

Police believe he stole between 50,000 and 60,000 worth of jewellery, electrical goods and other possessions during his latest spate of burglaries.

He was caught on August 7 this year, when he was spotted on CCTV trying to break into a property in Fratton through a patio door.

He was arrested soon after and held in custody, where he admitted to a string of other burglaries.

Police welcomed the five-year sentence imposed by Judge Roger Hetherington at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Jim Wells said: 'If you were to look under the dictionary next to the word "opportunist" you would find the name Stuart Campbell.

'No risk is too big for this man – such is the nature of his addiction that he will do almost anything to be able to afford his next fix.

'Unfortunately, he's a canny and clever operator.

'He doesn't ransack properties, he only ever touches what he takes so he leaves very little evidence behind him.

'Quite often the only indicator that he has been at work is the dust on the sideboard where the item he has stolen used to sit.

'This is another good sentence which means he will be out of circulation for a significant period of time – but he appears to be becoming institutionalised and doesn't seem too bothered about having to spend his time in custody.'

Campbell, of no fixed abode, admitted eight counts of burglary and asked for 72 similar offences to be taken into consideration.