Burglar just out of prison back in over stolen goods

Aaron Tonner
Aaron Tonner

A father of two has been jailed for 18 months after admitting he received stolen goods - just months after being released from prison for burglary.

Aaron Tonner, 27, of Sleaford Street, near Mill Road, Cambridge, had just finished serving a two-year prison term for ransacking a home in Longstanton in February 2010.

For that crime, Tonner asked for 29 offences of burglary to be taken into consideration.

But just months after being released from jail, he was back at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday  and pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.

Tonner, whose children are aged 9 and 3, admitted receiving a pair of gold cufflinks, a gold bangle bracelet, two gold necklaces and a man gold ring following a robbery in Cherry Hinton Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, in September.

He pleaded not guilty to burglary and the prosecution accepted the lesser charge.

Sara Walker, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was arrested in relation to a robbery which took place between 6.30am and 9.55am between September 12 and 13.

"There was no evidence to link him to the scene of the burglary."

But Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said Tonner must have been known to the burglar as a "happy and willing recipient of jewellery".

He told him before sentencing: "Within hours of a domestic burglary, you were found receiving stolen goods.

"You were told that if you committed another burglary from your last sentence that you would receive a minimum sentence of three years in prison.

"Back then you were given an activity requirement order for five years, told not to knock on anyone" door or to sell precious metal to anyone - and what happens? Within months of release you are found receiving stolen jewellery."

Mark Macdonald, mitigating, said his client was "not getting the support he needed" during his time in and out of prison.

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