Drug-fuelled burglar caught after stealing cash, jewellery and samurai swords

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A REPEAT burglar who ransacked a home has been locked up for more than two years.

Alan Hay admitted burgling the home when he was found by police with a bagful of items including cash, jewellery and three samurai swords.

He broke in after smashing a kitchen window, Teesside Crown Court heard while the homeowner went out.

David Pattinson returned home around 90 minutes later to discover a large amount of property was gone.

The haul also included electrical items, mobile phones, debit cards, video games and a wallet.

Hay, who the court heard was high on drugs at the time of the incident, was jailed for two and a half years after he pleaded guilty to burglary.

He faced being jailed for at least three years under laws for persistent burglars.

Hay, 35, was found hiding in a field behind the burgled house in West View Road with a black sports bag full of stolen property.

Sue Jacobs, prosecuting, said: “One of the police officers saw the defendant who he recognised in the middle of the field crouched down going through the sports bag which he had with him.

“As he was approached he staggered back and ran off but in due course he was taken hold of by one of the police officers

“He dropped the bag that had X-box games, samurai swords and items of property that had bene taken from the house.”

Christine Egerton, mitigating, said: “He thankfully acknowledges the effect on the victims in this case.

“He makes it plain in his interview with the probation officer that he acknowledges the impact and consequences of his behaviour.

“That is progress.

“In recent years there appears to be a reduction in his level of offending.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said there were a number of aggravating features to the burglary, which was carried out on Thursday, February 7.

They included the property being someone’s home and that he was heavily intoxicated on drugs when he commited the offence.

Sentencing Hay, of King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, Judge Bourne-Arton said: “If those who are so affected by drugs are surprised by the homeowner they may act in an unpredictable fashion.

“That’s why it’s dangerous to go in someone else’s house.”