Business burglar is sent to prison

Convicted - Daryl Mullins
Convicted - Daryl Mullins

A SERIAL burglar who targeted commercial premises has been sent to prison for three-and-a-half years.

Describing Daryl Mullins as an “incorrigible thief and burglar”, the judge, Recorder Benjamin Nolan, QC, said hard-working small businesses needed protection.

Mullins, 22, of King Edward Road, Balby, has been burgling since the age of 11 and has amassed 40 convictions since 2000, the court was told.

He pleaded guilty to three burglaries and one charge of handling stolen goods all committed in November and December last year.

“These were all businessmen clearly struggling in these difficult times to run a business and provide employment for others and you caused them a great deal of harm,” said the judge.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon said the gates and doors to Clark’s Vehicle Renovations in Watch House Lane, Bentley, were forced and four vans were moved around, with two being taken and abandoned in a pub car park.

Blood found inside one of the vans was analysed and the DNA matched that of Mullins.

He was also caught by a bloodstain after breaking into Bagnells decorating firm in West Avenue, Balby, and stealing two sat-nav systems, the owner’s BlackBerry phone, and the keys to a Vauxhall Insignia.

The third burglary was at Wilkinson’s building firm in Balby Road where payslips, cash and a van were taken.

Michael Cane-Soothill, mitigating, said Mullins accepted full responsibility and knew it was stupid to get involved but he had got in with the wrong crowd.

A 17-year-old who admitted handling some of the stolen property was given a 12 months youth rehabilitation order and 80 hours’