Burglar stole items worth more than £2,000 from isolated bungalow

A BURGLAR who stole electrical items valued at more than £2,000 from an isolated bungalow was jailed for 20 months yesterday.

Keith Andrew, 29, of King Street in Kirton, admitted taking a flat screen television, iPod and games console from the property while the owner, Simon Barker, was away on holiday.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Andrew gained entry to the bungalow, in Long Sutton, after a brick was thrown through a rear window. He then carried out a tidy search but left behind blood on a light switch.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the alarm was raised by an electrician who was doing work on the property while Mr Barker was away.

Mr Howes told the court Andrew was caught after police matched his DNA to the blood left behind at the scene.

Following his arrest Andrew admitted carrying out two other house burglaries in which he stole copper and electrical items valued at £120.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court Andrew wanted to wipe the slate clean and was now determined to break the heroin habit which had led him to commit the break-in’s.

Andrew pleaded guilty to the burglary which occured between January 31 and 3 February this year.

Passing sentence Recorder Stephen Lowne QC told him: “When you break-in to a person’s home, you break-in to their lives.”