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'One-man crimewave' jailed for 134 burglaries across Southampton
A BURGLAR dubbed a “one-man crimewave” is today behind bars after admitting to more than 130 burglaries.
Drug addict Damon Dixon had been spared prison for burglary in July after a judge gave him one final chance to conquer his habit.
On that occasion the habitual burglar had been brought to justice only after a suspicious resident in Portsmouth Road, Woolston, Southampton, snapped him on her mobile phone as he cased a neighbouring dentists which he later broken into.
But after being given this reprieve, Dixon then breached his community order by skipping appointments before breaking into Pixies nursery, Woolston.
Detectives caught him by finding his fingerprints and a matching trainer print at the scene.
However, it took another month before Dixon was tracked down after he held up staff at Goodies fish and chip shop in Chandler’s Ford with a nine-inch knife before fleeing with £1,000.
Shortly after, police caught him hiding in a nearby garden with clothes matching the robber’s.
When arrested, the 25-year-old, who started his criminal career aged just 14, confessed to a further 41 burglaries in Sussex and 41 in Hampshire on top of a similar number he had previously confessed. They totalled 134.
From 2003 to 2012 he told police he bagged nearly £50,000. The majority of this was from targeting businesses such as vets, restaurants and a leisure centre but also churches and charities including Solent Mind.
Mitigating for Dixon, of Portswood Road, Southampton, Sarah Jones said her client’s offending was caused by his heavy drug use which masked his worry for his ill grandfather and past physical abuse.
Dixon pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary - and breaching his six month drug rehabilitation order with a two year community supervision order.
Sentencing this time, Judge Peter Henry said he had no alternative but to jail him for six and a half years.
He said: “You are effectively a one man crime wave. Nothing is going to stop you but a lengthy prison sentence.”