Burglar caught red-handed by police at house

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A serial burglar caught red-handed leaving a house in Bridlington has been jailed for 876 days.

David Scott, 30, was seen by police exiting a house in Canton Villas, in Bridlington, with a computer stuffed up his jumper, leaping on to a red cycle riding into town.

He was caught eight minutes later with a large quantity of coins, including Euros, taken from a money jar in the house. He told police he had been looking for accommodation in February this year.

Scott of Neptune Street, Bridlington, appeared from custody via a video prison link at Hull Crown Court for sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of burglary (on Monday April 20).

Crown barrister Stephen Welch said the female householder had found her bedroom had been searched. A mess was made downstairs and the door kicked in. The items taken included three gold rings, coins from a collecting jar and the tablet computer. A large part of the £1,000 worth of property was not recovered.

The court Scott had four previous convictions for burglary - one where he burgled the same house three years apart - and was subject to a minimum sentence.

Defence barrister John Thackray said his offending was directly related to his use of heroin which he had been on-and-off for 10 years.

“He is a father of two and his partner has told him she will not stand by him any longer if he continues,” said Mr Thackray. “He now has the motivation to quit drug use and has applied to be on the drug-free scheme in prison.”

Sentencing Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told Scott: “You kicked in the door of this home and stole items to the value of £1,000.

“In many respects it calls for a sentence of four years after a trial. You have an unpleasant record. You have to sort your life out.”

He jailed Scott for 876 days.