A BURGLAR who smashed his way into his aunt’s home said “sorry” as he was jailed for 18 months.
Darren Carroll, 29, was caught after police got a tip-off that he had carried out two burglaries.
When they searched his home they found a laptop that he had stolen from his aunt and other property taken when he broke into his dad’s next door neighbour.
A judge at Teesside Crown Court told Carroll that they were mean offences, particularly burgling his aunt’s home in Spurn Walk, Hartlepool.
Carroll agreed from the dock, saying “Yes, I’m very sorry for doing it”.
Jacqueline Edwards, prosecuting, said that Carroll, who had previous convictions for burglary, first smashed a living room window at a bungalow in St Bees Walk, Hartlepool, on November 9 last year.
He climbed inside, stole a flatscreen television, mobile phone and a safe.
Then on January 26 he went to his aunt’s house, forced open a double-glazed window and climbed inside stealing a laptop computer and a Nintendo video game.
Hartlepool police had information that Carroll was responsible for both burglaries a month later.
The laptop computer, mobile phone and Nintendo were found in his home.
Carroll told them he felt bad about stealing from his aunt and said that the other burglary was done on the spur of the moment to get some money for Christmas.
He kept the mobile phone for himself.
Carroll, of Richmond Street, Hartlepool, admitted two counts of burglary.
Robin Denny, mitigating, said he was “very sorry” and he was doing his best to get a job.
Judge George Moorhouse told Carroll: “They were both particularly mean because one was the householder you knew and the other was your aunt’s house.
“To your credit you made two admissions to the police and you pleaded guilty, the property has been recovered, and you have shown remorse for what you have done.
“I am quite satisfied that people who break into houses have to go to prison.”