Burglar caught with haul in full view of police

A MAN who reached in through an unlocked window to steal items from a Boston home walked off with his haul in full view of a police officer, magistrates heard last week.

Aiden Keal, of Kitwood Road, Boston, took a laptop and a handbag full of money, papers and other personal items from the house on Browns Road, in a bid to help solve his financial issues, the court was told.

But his plan did not work out quite as he anticipated, as a police officer in an unmarked vehicle had spotted him walking away from the house laden with items he had not been carrying previously, said Marie Stace, prosecuting.

Keal, 21, admitted burglary from a dwelling on August 28 when he appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The bench was told he had been made redundant earlier in the summer, and needed money, so had chosen the house at random to try to break in and take items he could sell.

He volunteered the items when police went to his home to arrest him the day after the offence took place – but £30 cash was missing from the purse.

Andrew Goldsborough, mitigating, said he had used this to buy food, adding: “There was no forced entry. It was an unsecure window and all the property has been recovered.”

Magistrates handed Keal a community order with 12 months supervision and ordered him to pay £30 compensation.