Burglar causes £25,000 damage in house fire - but makes sure dog is safe first
In a March preliminary examination, Heidt testified he was watching TV in his living room when two men entered through his closed, but unlocked, doorway. One of the two men held a knife to Heidt and demanded cash and guns, Heidt testified. Heidt identified Rekowski as this man and added his shorter accomplice -- year-old Jesse A. Odell -- began ransacking the house. Heidt eventually gave Rekowski a couple hundred dollars, but an unsatisfied Rekowski demanded "the rest of it.
Odell was "trying to do something with" the jug of coins, Heidt testified.
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I actually got the door open. I had a split-second thought -- 'Just bolt. I knew Rekowski was younger and faster. Heidt opted to stay inside the house. According to police reports, Heidt then seized the opportunity to grab a loaded Glenfield lever-action. He fired a warning shot into his ceiling, but when the burglars appeared unfazed, he fired two more shots at them.
One round struck Odell in the torso and killed him; the second hit Rekowski in one buttock. Heidt then stepped outside his house, fired a fourth shot in the air, and neighbors called Heidt hadn't called himself as the intruders had taken his phone. Heidt testified he had hired Charpie two months before the incident to organize some of his items for a rummage sale.
She began the task in October and was inside his house about six times, the last time being about a week before the attempted burglary, he said. Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Bill Veltman in March testified that as part of his investigation, he interviewed Charpie at Rekowski's mother's house. He said Charpie told him she and Rekowski had driven by Heidt's residence and she had pointed it out to him, describing some of the items therein. Charpie also took some photos of Heidt's property and texted the images to Rekowski, Veltman testified.
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It was devastating. I know what it feels like to be burgled and I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I did. Butt admitted being in the photo and burgling the house.
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He said he stole items to get money for drugs, had sold them and could not help with their recovery. Mr Penny said prior to this, Butt had burgled a home in in the Horfield area of the city, in November. Mr Penny said Thomas Inman and his partner were at a property in Bromley Road when he heard banging and realised it was coming from his basement.
He investigated and found a brick had been used to smash a glass door and saw someone running away into a back lane. The intruder's description was circulated by police and Butt was arrested a short distance away - bleeding from a fresh injury, with his jeans ripped and glass fragments in his clothes. A witness who saw him fleeing the scene identified him in a video ID parade, the court heard. Mr Penny said that, after being released on bail for that offence, Butt then struck in Henbury in January, when he was caught on camera.
The drug addict, 37, of Cobourg Road, Montpelier, pleaded guilty to two house burglaries and asked for 15 other offences to be considered. Thinking he got away with it, Butt prepares to flee, unaware that his antics have been caught on camera. Butt stole the DVDs that belonged to a child with learning disabilities in the Henbury area of the city.
Judge Michael Roach told him: 'This is the sixth occasion when you've been before a court where you have been dealt with for offences where you have broken into people's homes and stolen their private possessions.
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You've been told by other judges, I'm sure, that you cause immense distress. As Butt was sent down the father-of-two told the judge: 'I just want to say I'm truly sorry. I regret what I have done. The judge heard Butt had a plethora of previous convictions for burglary and qualified for a minimum three years' prison under the three-strike rule. David Miller, defending, said there was nothing he could say to mitigate the offending.
He said that, in the past, his client had avoided drink and drugs, had a relationship and found self-esteem.
Mr Miller said: 'The relationship failed, he hit the bottle and drugs shortly after that and the rest, as they say, is history. Mr Miller said when his client was sober it was hard to imagine the person who was so 'callously willing' to enter people's homes and take their things. He said that, while remanded in custody, Butt helped police clear up burglaries that may otherwise remain unsolved.
Butt, who has suffered from drug-induced depression, was remorseful and apologetic, Mr Miller said. Share this article Share. Stepping down from the window, Butt stole a laptop and some Harry Potter DVDs from a house in Bristol He added: 'I was burgled myself three years ago and they took everything - cars, TVs, just anything of value. Share or comment on this article: Burglar Darren Butt locked up after being snapped during break-in by eagle-eyed neighbour e-mail.
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