Kirton burglar jailed for 20 months

A BURGLAR who stole electrical items worth more than £2,000 from an isolated bungalow in Long Sutton has been jailed for 20 months.

Keith Andrew (29) admitted taking a flat screen television, iPod and games console from the property while the owner, Simon Barker, was away on holiday.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Andrew got into the bungalow after a brick was thrown through a back window. He carried out a search but left behind blood on a light switch.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the alarm was raised by an electrician who was working on the property while Mr Barker was away.

Mr Howes told the court Andrew was caught after police matched his DNA to the blood left at the scene.

Following his arrest, Andrew admitted carrying out two other house burglaries in which he stole copper and electrical items worth £120.

Neil Sands, mitigating, said Andrew wanted to wipe the slate clean and is determined to break the heroin habit which led him to commit the break-ins.

Andrew, of King Street, Kirton, pleaded guilty to the burglary which occurred between January 31 and February 3.

Passing sentence, Recorder Stephen Lowne QC told him: “When you break-in to a person’s home, you break-in to their lives.”