A BURGLAR who stole a sentimental wedding ring when he burgled his next-door-neighbours’ home was today (Thurs) jailed for 12 months
Pawel Kleszcz, 26, entered the house in Argyle Street after first checking with one of his neighbour’s children that the property was empty.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Kleszcz was known by the family and waited until they had gone to school and work before carrying out the burglary.
Chris Lowe, prosecuting, said: “One of the children was asked by Kleszcz as he left for school if no one was in.”
The family returned later to find a tie pin, £15 in cash and an inscribed wedding ring had been stolen, the court heard.
Kleszcz refused to own up to the burglary when he was challenged about the burglary by the family’s father, Mr Lowe added.
But when police searched Kleszcz’s house they found the missing tie pin. The cash and wedding ring were not recovered.
The court was told Kleszcz had carried out two other burglaries and served a two year prison sentence in his native Poland.
Sunil Khanna, mitigating, said Kleszcz came to the UK to escape his past but returned to crime when he lost his job in a Boston factory after injuring his leg.
Mr Khanna said Kleszcz became addicted to heroin and felt ashamed of the behaviour towards his neighbours.
Kleszcz, of Argyle Street, Boston, admitted the burglary which occured on May 29, this year.
Passing sentence Recorder Stuart Sprawson said he regarded the questioning of the family’s child on his way to school as an aggravating feature.
“You were a neighbour and aquaintance of this family,” Recorder Sprawson added.