A CAREER criminal jailed last summer for two burglaries in Gloucester has since admitted another 51 offences to police, a judge heard today.
Nathan Hibberd, 39, got three and a half years imprisonment last August for raids on houses in Henry road and Coronation Grove in the city.
After he was sentenced police found evidence to charge him with a further burglary in Coronation Grove and when officers charged him he owned up to another 50 offences - 22 of house burglary, 22 of commercial burglary and 6 attempted burglaries.
On hearing of the new catalogue of offences today Judge William Hart added another 18 months to Hibberd's sentences, meaning he now has to serve a five year term.
The judge heard that Hibberd, of Winneycroft Lane, Matson, Gloucester, had a long criminal record stretching back throughout his adult life.
Last time he was in court the judge heard he had had already committed two hundred burglaries in his criminal career since 1992.
Today's admissions take his total past 250.
Prosecutor Janine Wood said the burglary which police linked to Hibberd following his appearance last August was committed on July 16 at the home of Jennifer Hothersall in Gloucester.
He took jewellery including a pair of gold earrings she had been presented with on her retirement.
Hibberd had used a spade from her shed to smash his way into rear porch and then force the back door.
"Ms Hothersall told the police that she had been burgled before by Hibberd in 2005 in the same way," said the prosecutor.
"It was because of the spade he used that he was caught - his DNA was found on it."
Stephen Ritter, defending, said Hibberd had tried before his last court appearance to admit a list of offences to have taken into consideration but there had been some misunderstanding and that was not done.
"He is a very experienced offender," said Mr Ritter, who handed in a letter which Hibberd had written to the judge.
Passing sentence the judge told Hibberd it was 'regrettable' that the court had not been able to deal with all his recent crimes at the same time.
"I am impressed by your letter," he said. "You are clearly now expressing motivation to do better next time you are released and I hope you do."