£25k internet gambling debts led Jack Keylock, 22, to steal
GAMBLING on the internet lead a 22-year-old Cheltenham to turn to crime to pay his debts.
Jack Keylock had a good job earning up to £25,000 a year.
But after getting embroiled in gambling online, he broke into a bed and breakfast hotel – and two homes.
Keylock, of Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, was jailed for 18 months at Gloucester Crown Court last week.
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He pleaded guilty to burgling the Kingsmuir Hotel, Pittville Circus, between October 19 and 23 last year, a flat in Tower House, Pittville Circus, on November, 2 and Mr Williams' home in Apsley Lodge, Pittville Circus, on November 8.
Jailing him, Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: "I suspect there is some truth in the fact that you got yourself into debt by gambling – gambling which is all too easy to embark upon these days, probably because of the amount of advertising on TV and the amount of internet gambling available to anyone unwise enough to make use of it. The bookies always win."
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, said Keylock broke into the hotel when it was unoccupied and stole a set of keys.
On November 2, Daniel Callaghan was asleep at home in Tower House when Keylock broke in. He took Mr Callaghan's car keys and searched through his car before returning to the flat.
He then went into Mr Callaghan's bedroom, which woke him up.
Keylock jumped from the bedroom window, a drop of about 15 feet, and fled. Mr Callaghan discovered his mobile phone, a laptop and a wallet and cash were missing.
On November 8, said Mr Kesner, Bryn Williams was asleep when he was woken by his dog barking. He found the front door open and realised an 1850 French carriage clock was missing from the mantelpiece.
A 9 carat gold watch engraved 'Bryn 14/1/63' was gone from the sitting room as well as some medals. Also stolen were a £5,000 Cartier tank watch, another £1,500 watch and two 18 carat gold Boucherer watches, one of which was worth £2,000.
Mr Kesner said it was because Keylock sold a Boucherer watch to a jeweller and was paid by cheque in his own name that he was caught.
Joe Maloney, defending, said Keylock had been gambling and committed the offences because he was in debt.
"His family has been disgusted by his behaviour," added Mr Maloney.