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Newborn baby is youngest burglary victim

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

Exeter Crown Court

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A newborn child has become Britain's youngest burglary victim after his uncle broke into his parents' home to snatch his baby shower cash.

Sam Harlow, 20, had been a guest at a party to celebrate the birth of his nephew Alfie at which other friends and relations had contributed £110 in a collection.

He returned to his sister Gemma's home in Exeter, within hours and broke in through a window before taking the envelope which had "Alfie's Money" written on it.

Cannabis user Harlow spent the money on drugs and has since been disowned by his family, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Harlow, of Nursery Road, Exeter, admitted burglary, theft and possession of cannabis and was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years. He was ordered to undertake drug rehabilitation and do 150 hours unpaid work.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him: "This was a particularly mean offence committed to fund your drugs habit." Speaking from the dock Harlow told the judge: "I have offered to pay back the money but my sister will not speak to me."

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