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Prolific Cambridge burglar jailed for five years

A Cambridge burglar has been given a five year jail term for a string of offences.

Michael Janes, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on August 14 after pleading guilty to two robberies, five burglaries, theft and three incidents of fraud.

Detective Constable Susan Burberry said: “Janes is a prolific offender who used aggressive and intimidating behaviour towards his victims to get what he wanted.

“The people and businesses of Cambridge can now be reassured knowing he is safely behind bars.”

The 42-year-old’s crime spree began on June 12 when he broke in the Lido in Jesus Green and stole about £30 from a vending machine as well as £15 of stock.

Three days later he put 16 items of meat worth more than £100 into his shopping basket in the Co-Op on Mill Road and walked out without paying.

Janes used a screwdriver to break the lock at Masters House in Histon Road on June 18 but left empty handed.

On June 26, he robbed the owner of The Box Café in Norfolk Street of about £200 while she was cashing up the till.

Three days later on June 29, he stole £100 and a mobile phone from Lucy Cavendish College in Lady Margaret Road.

The next day he committed a robbery at Cats College in Chesterton where he took a purse and flashed a screwdriver, which was hidden under his top, at two members of staff.

He went on to use one of the bank cards from the purse in three separate transactions worth £59.96.

On July 10, he stole bank cards from Clay Farm Centre in Hobson Square and used them three times to purchase items worth a total of £137.71.

In each incident CCTV footage captured Janes and he was arrested six days later after a member of the public reported him breaking into a building in Hurst Park.


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