A burglar who raided two homes within hours of each other in Boston has been handed a 12-month prison sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.
David Brocklesby was disturbed after entering a property in Franklin Place and fled after taking a key from the kitchen, the court was told on Thursday.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that the occupants heard a noise and went to investigate only to see the intruder running out of the property’s conservatory door.
Later the same day, Brocklesby went to the home of a relative in Hurle Crescent and took a pair of earrings and a small amount of cash, the court was told.
Police were called and Brocklesby was arrested nearby.
Brocklesby, 26, of Carlton Road, Boston, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary on February 9 this year.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, representing the defendant, said Brocklesby had a history of drug misuse but had managed to rid himself of the habit until suffering a ‘catalogue of misfortunes’.
He said Brocklesby started taking drugs again and went on to commit the offences.
Mr Cranmer-Brown said: “He was a desperate young man needing money for his drugs.”