Burglar pays back thousands

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PROPERTY seized from a Stowmarket man described by a judge as a ‘professional burglar’ has raised more than expected, a court has heard.

Ian Ling, 62, of Harrier Way, Stowmarket, a former window fitter, was jailed in November 2010 after being convicted of 11 offences of burglary and one of going equipped for theft.

He had been arrested after police searched a former pig barn he was renting at Stowmarket Road, Stonham Aspal, and discovered a large quantity of stolen antiques, paintings and jewellery.

Much of the property was returned to the rightful owners but the remainder was ordered to be sold off to ensure Ling paid back as much as possible of what he had gained from his crimes.

On Tuesday, Ipswich Crown Court heard that items including a violin had raised £1,626 more than expected.

Last year, Ling was ordered to forfeit assets worth £20,000 towards the estimated £50,000 he gained from a campaign of burgling isolated rural homes.

On Tuesday, Judge John Devaux ruled that the additional £1,626 should also be handed over within the next 28 days.