A NISSAN worker burgled a house after leaving work at the car plant in the early hours of the morning, a court heard.
David Hill raided a couple’s home at South Avenue in Washington while they were asleep.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 40-year-old was arrested just hours afterwards with the stolen property in his bag.
Paperwork taken in the raid was found under his bed during a search of his home.
Hill, of Stoneycroft, Washington, denies burglary.
He told detectives he was at work when the break-in took place in the early hours of July 18.
Prosecutor Lee Fish told jurors: “What he told the police when he was arrested was not completely untrue. However, what you will hear is that the defendant actually left Nissan by taxi at about 3am.”
The court heard Hill had arrived home, where he lives with his father at around 6am.
Mr Fish added: “This, the prosecution say, provides a three-hour window where this burglary was committed by this defendant.”
Hill claims he innocently came into possession of the stolen items.