A prolific burglar who fled from the scene when his victims returned home was today (Monday) jailed for three years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Ryan Peel broke into the bungalow in the village of North Cotes and searched rooms throughout the property.
He stole a wallet from a child’s bedroom, but made off when the family who lived at the property returned home in their car.
Police were called to the scene and Peel was arrested nearby following a chase across a ploughed field.
Peel, 31, of St Hughs Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted burglary of the property in Lock Road, North Cotes, on March 22 this year.
The court was told he has 23 previous convictions for 54 offences including six convictions for house burglary.
Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “You have a dreadful record for burglary. You are approaching being a professional burglar.
“In this case, the family has been left extremely scared and upset by what you did.”
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Peel, who was wearing a hi-vis jacket, was seen by a neighbour to approach the bungalow and put his hand through a window before moving away. Moments later Peel returned, having discarded the jacket, and climbed through the window.
While Peel was inside the family returned, and Peel fled. The victims realised they had been burgled when they discovered rooms had been searched and a jewellery box was on the floor.
When Peel was arrested he had £10 on him, plus a further £25.50 inside his sock. The money was ordered to be confiscated and returned to the family.
Laura Pitman, in mitigation, said: “He simply does not know how he came to be in the village.
“This is a man who has a significant and long-standing addiction to alcohol. He is described as being under the influence of something at the time.
“His speech was slurred. He wasn’t walking properly and was effectively out of it.
“All of his offences in recent times have been committed while he was under the influence of alcohol.”