A burglar who may have been disturbed by a ‘noisy parrot’ when he raided an unoccupied house in Boston has been jailed for eight months.
Raimondas Vaitiekus, 43, fled from the property in Tawney Street with a lap top computer and X-box after entering the lounge through a front bay window.
Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday how the owners who were out believed Vaitiekus did not enter any other rooms because he was disturbed by their noisy pet parrot.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “It may be the parrot stopped further exploration of the house.”
Vaitiekus, from Lithuania, left behind his blood and was later caught after quickly escaping through the same window.
Alistair Munt, mitigating, said Vaitiekus claimed not to have heard the parrot and only intended to take items from the lounge.
“Parrots can be loud but he says he did not hear it,” Mr Munt told the court.
Mr Munt added: “This was an opportunistic burglary. He was looking for somewhere to urinate and saw there was nobody in.
“He took an implement from a nearby building site and used it to gain entry.”
Mr Munt said Vaitiekus was normally a hard working man and had resorted to crime after being in between jobs.
Vaitiekus, 43, of Windsor Bank, Boston, admitted a single charge of burglary.
Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told him: “I am told that if I send you to prison you will lose your accommodation. You should have thought about that when you invaded other people’s accommodation.
“You equipped yourself to gain entry. The theft of computers is extremely serious. People keep important information on them. In this case there were sentimental photographs.”