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Prison is pointless for most prolific burglar, Robert Knowles

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

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Britain's most prolific thief has been spared jail – for his 335th offence in a 54-year life of crime. Robert Knowles, 67, first broke the law aged 13 and has been in court around 200 times; lawyers believe Knowles has spent so much time behind bars he prefers being in custody. A judge at Plymouth Magistrates Court refused to lock him up for stealing Champagne and Cognac worth £74 from Tesco because he feels the "punishment" is becoming pointless.

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