Burglar ‘looking to sleep in garage’

Rutland Street, where Jordan Rolfe burgled a garage. Pic: Google Maps.
Rutland Street, where Jordan Rolfe burgled a garage. Pic: Google Maps.
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A burglar who broke into a garage looking for somewhere to sleep has been jailed.

Jordan Rolfe, 21, of no fixed address, forced his way into a family’s garage in Rutland Street, Sunderland, causing £100 worth of damage.

He ran away when he realised he had been spotted by a girl at the address, but the police later caught up with him.

Prosecution barrister Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court: “On the night of March 25 at about 11pm a noise was heard from the garage outside.

“The girl looked out of her window and saw a man in a dark hoody on top of the garage.

“He realised he had been seen and ran away.

“Witnesses saw a man walking down the street and when police officers caught up with him, they could see he was very drunk.”

Mr Pallister then said that Rolfe admitted “I was in the garage trying to find somewhere to kip”.

Mr Jamie Adams, defending, said: “This young man continues to commit crimes, all of which are rather pathetic.

“The lifestyle he leads is largely due to his drinking large quantities of cider, where he can drink up to three litres a day.

“He lives a some what hobo existence and whatever money he has he spends it on cider.”

Rolfe had pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal at a previous hearing.

Mr Recorder Simon Jackson, QC, sentenced Rolfe, a three-strike burglar, to two years and five months in prison.