A burglar who stole a First World War medal from an Eastbourne home has been jailed for six years this week.
George Cunningham, 49, of no fixed address, was sentenced to six years imprisonment when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (April 19).
He had pleaded guilty to two burglaries at houses in Eastbourne at an earlier hearing.
Between October 13 and 16 last year, Cunningham broke into a house in Melvill Lane and stole jewellery, a First World War medal and a laptop. The occupants were on holiday at the time of the offence.
A week later on October 20, he attempted to burgle the same house.
He also admitted to breaking into a house in Kings Drive and taking a camera on October 23.
Detective Constable Costin Bonell of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team said, “The sentence given to Mr Cunningham serves as a warning to others about the seriousness of breaking into peoples homes and the likely sentences they can expect when caught.
“He targeted these two addresses with no regard for the occupiers or their possessions some of which were irreplaceable items with significant sentimental value.”
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