A BUNGLING burglar who broke into a home and stole a children’s bible was caught after he dropped an appointment card with his name on it.
Adam Cain stole a number of items including two mountain bikes, a bag of coins, a children’s bible and an iPod from the three-storey house in Roker.
But the 38-year-old was caught four days later when his victim found an appointment card he’d dropped during the raid.
The incident took place during the day at about 10am on September 5 last year, when the house owner was at work.
Andrew Walker, prosecuting, said: “The victim left to go to work at 8.15am and did not return until 8.45pm that night.
“She then realised the burglar alarm wasn’t sounding and when she checked the box noticed it had been kicked off the wall. She immediately called the police. “The kitchen window was smashed and the drawers appear to have been taken out.
“Items taken included a spare set of car keys, a bag of coins, two digital cameras, jewellery, two mountain bikes, a mobile phone, an iPod and a children’s bible.
“The defendant was arrested on September 9 when the victim found an appointment card with the defendant’s name on it for a meeting with the Probation Service.
“The defendant was found in a guest house and a significant amount of the items from the burglary were recovered. Receipts from Cash Generators in Sunderland were found where the defendant had sold the items just the next day after the burglary.”
Andrew Walker told Newcastle Crown Court how Cain stole items of “significant sentimental value” to the victim and that the burglary has not only had an effect on her but also her elderly parents who are now worried.
The court heard how Cain had first been jailed for burglary at the age of 16 and has 13 previous convictions for the same offence.
Cain, of Azalea Lodge, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to burglary.
Judge Guy Whitburn QC sentenced Cain to four years’ imprisonment and ordered him to pay a £120 victim surcharge.
Another man, Lee Power, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Power, 37, was found with items stolen from the burglary in his flat at Azalea Lodge in Sunderland.
Power will be sentenced for handling stolen goods as well as breaching a restraining order at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow.