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South Norwood burglar, 48, jailed for six years after Christmas Eve Penge burglary

PUBLISHED: 13:55 11 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:55 11 April 2014

Colin O'Brien, 48, was convicted on March 27 and was sentenced for six years after committing a burglary in Sheringham Road, Penge. Photo credit: Met Police

Colin O'Brien, 48, was convicted on March 27 and was sentenced for six years after committing a burglary in Sheringham Road, Penge. Photo credit: Met Police

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A 48-year-old man with more than 40 convictions has been jailed again for six years after being convicted of a burglary in Penge.

Colin O’Brien, 48, of Penge Road, South Norwood, was caught on Christmas Eve last year just after 2pm acting suspiciously when in possession of stolen items, including two bicycles.

He asked a passer-by in the street for his mobile, even offering £10 to drive him to South Norwood, before being stopped by police soon afterwards.

O’Brien, who has convictions dating back to 1982, had a car key, jewellery, five mobile phones, and gloves when police found him.

It was later discovered he had taken the items from a nearby house in Sheringham Road, Penge.

O’Brien was sentenced for the crime at Croydon Crown Court on March 27.

The criminal was last sentenced in 2011 for three years at Kingston Crown Court. He had previously committed 99 offences.

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