The York Crown Court heard that Geoffrey Alfred Hicks, 45, had broken into a house occupied by six people at night. He had stolen a crowbar in a raid on a neighboring property and used it to break into the house. He was wearing a North Face jacket stolen in another house raid. Hicks was arrested on December 4 and charged. He pleaded guilty to house burglary, burgling a garden shed, and theft of a car. He was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail. Hicks has a history of reoffending and burglary offenses, with now seven convictions for house burglary. The court heard that he had been released on prison license shortly before the break-in. The residents of the house found that Hicks had stolen jewelry, a smartwatch, a rucksack, a purse, identity documents, and other items. One resident woke to find that Hicks had been searching their room as they slept. Additionally, a doorbell camera had caught him on film and police identified him from the CCTV. The prosecution stated that Hicks had been on parole from a previous 40-month sentence for another house burglary and other offenses at the time of the break-in. Defense solicitor advocate Kevin Blount said that Hicks had been housed in shared accommodation following his release from prison and had slipped back into using cocaine, leading to the burglaries. Judge Deborah Sherwin noted that Hicks had a history of reoffending and burglary offenses, expressing concern about his inability to withstand circumstances that lead to criminal behavior.
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