Addict raided homes to feed £100-a-day habit
A DRUG addict who stole precious war medals and even an MBE as he plundered homes to fund a fix has been jailed for 18 months.
Bradley Morgan, pictured, also helped himself to expensive watches and jewellery in a bid to finance his £100-a-day addiction to heroin and crack cocaine, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Morgan, 35, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary as well as passing counterfeit currency.
He asked for 27 offences including seven burglaries and ten thefts to be taken into consideration.
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Judge Julian Lambert told him: "I could not look victims of crime in the eye if I passed something less than a custodial sentence on you.
"This was a daytime burglary, with high-value goods which had a very profound impact on the householders."
Edward Knapp, prosecuting, said Morgan went to Yatebridge service station in April last year and paid for £45 worth of fuel with two forged £20 notes.
Mr Knapp said that in November last year Morgan broke into Green Lane Farm, Iron Acton, and helped himself to Breitling watches, earrings and a necklace.
Blood left at the scene was found to be Morgan's, the court heard.
Mr Knapp said Morgan was arrested at bed and breakfast accommodation in Fishponds and admitted using a roof tile to smash a ground floor window and get into the farmhouse.
One watch was found on him and another watch, belonging to the householder's deceased father, was traced to a pawn shop.
Morgan said he sold other jewellery and committed offences as he was using heroin and crack cocaine.
The court heard the householder felt "completely violated", had lost sleep and youngsters at the home were left feeling insecure.
Morgan had previous convictions for robbery, said Mr Knapp.
Emily Evans, defending, said her client had developed a £100-a-day drug habit in which he was injecting himself in the groin.
She said: "He realises he needs to stop before he ends up killing himself."
Miss Evans said her client was due to be a father at the end of February and realised he needed to tackle his issues head on.
Detective Constable Stuart Brooks told the court Morgan had done all he could to clean his slate with police, help which included the recovery of a stolen watch as well as two RAF war medals and an MBE medal from a home in Backwell.
DC Brooks said: "From how I've dealt with him I believe he couldn't help us anymore at the moment."