A SNEAKY burglar stole property when he broke into a family home as a dad slept upstairs.
Heartless Daniel Moan crept about the Washington house while the unsuspecting mum took her two children to school.
Moan took a purse and mobile phone during the raid at a property in Sulgrave, last November.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the father of the family was still sound asleep upstairs when Moan crept in, took the items and left again.
Prosecutor Jacqueline Wilkinson told the court the couple were left “scared to think” they could have been targeted while the children were at home.
In police interview Moan admitted he had got into the property and that his drug problem was the motivation behind his offending.
Mr Recorder Nicholas Lumley sentenced Moan to 36 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with supervision.
The judge said he could take the “exceptional” course of suspending the jail term because Moan spent over seven months either in custody on remand or on a tag.
He added: “It is good fortune you did not barge into anybody, the children especially would have had the shock of their lives.
“You appreciate that now but at the time you couldn’t give a monkeys about it.
“There wasn’t very much taken but that is not the point, it is the fact you had been in there.”
Moan had admitted burglary at an earlier hearing.