Peanut butter burglar caught after gherkin binge in Cheltenham
HUNGRY burglar Luke Goodhall was caught after getting a taste for peanut butter and gherkins.
The prolific offender helped himself to the unusual food selection while raiding an Australian couple's flat in Cheltenham – leaving his fingerprints on the jars.
Goodhall, 25, whose past offences include slaughtering a pensioner's beloved pigeons, stealing a ferret and taking a taxi for a joy ride, admitted burgling the flat in Winchcombe Street, and stealing two coats, a pair of sunglasses, a pair of spectacles and £3 cash.
Recorder Stephen Hall QC said the offence justified an immediate jail term, but he had decided to give Goodhall a chance – even though a probation officer's assessment was that he presented a "high risk of re-offending".
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The Recorder at Gloucester Crown Court said he appreciated the burglary was committed by Goodhall only a short time after he finished his last prison term for taking a taxi for a joyride.
But he said he had read a letter from Goodhall which gave some hope for the future.
"You say that you feel things are changing and you feel you have some hope you might be able to drag yourself out of this cycle of offending," he said.
He placed Goodhall on supervision for two years with a nightly curfew between 8pm and 7am for three months.
He also ordered Goodhall to report weekly to the probation officer, and to undergo regular sessions to address his drug and drink problems.
He will also have to attend the Reach project three days every week to do voluntary work – and he will have to return to the crown court once a month for a public review of his progress.
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said the flat Goodhall burgled was being rented by Stephen Dexter and his wife – an Australian couple on an extended holiday to Britain and Europe.
They returned from a trip to Italy on May 23 to find the lights on and "a lot of mess in the dining and kitchen area".
"Food had been taken out of the cupboards and left on worktops or tipped on the floor," she said.
"A jar of peanut butter, a tin of soup and a jar of gherkins had been consumed.
"Fingerprints were found on the gherkin and peanut butter jars and they matched Goodhall's."
Goodhall intially denied the burglary and claimed his prints could have got onto the jars when he handled them while they were on display in the local Tesco's.
He had been in custody on remand for 98 days since his arrest on June 7.