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Burglar who raided 22 homes in West Midlands is jailed

Nicholas Mason Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Prolific burglar Nicholas Mason has been jailed for 10 years

An "out of control" burglar caused terror and upset for his victims, police have said.

Nicholas Mason was found guilty of several counts of burglary after raiding 22 homes across Birmingham and Wolverhampton last year.

The 44-year-old was cleared of causing an 86-year-old woman to suffer a broken bone in her neck at her home.

Police described Mason as "out of control". He was jailed for ten years at Birmingham Crown Court.

He also stole cars and used stolen bank cards to fraudulently buy items from shops.

He was arrested on 8 June last year, after being hit on the head by a Wolverhampton homeowner who found Mason in his garden with a laptop and phone.

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Image caption Mason was cleared of causing Veronica Eustace's injuries at her home

Mason, of no-fixed-address, was convicted of:

  • Seven counts of burglary
  • Five counts of making false representation to make gain for self
  • Two counts of attempted burglary
  • Two counts of theft of a motor vehicle
  • One count of handling stolen goods
  • One count of theft

He was found not guilty of six counts of burglary, one count of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of robbery, and one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Det Con Alan Reeves said he had shown no regard for the terror and upset he caused.

"There has not been a shred of remorse or acceptance of responsibility for his actions throughout the proceedings," he said.

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