A WOULD-BE burglar was spotted as he tried to force his way into a house.
Dean Green had no idea a police officer was just yards away as he and an accomplice tried to enter the property in Dipe Lane, West Boldon.
They ran off, but the officer gave chase and Green was found with a rucksack containing a crow bar, bolt cutters, a torch and gloves.
The 24-year-old, of Southwick Road, Sunderland, appeared before South Tyneside magistrates and admitted going equipped for burglary on July 15.
Derek Logg, mitigating, said: “At this time he was going through a difficult time because a relationship with a partner had come to an end.
“He fell back into previous company, met with his associate and was persuaded that it might be a good idea to gain access to this building on Dipe Lane.”
The court heard Green is now in a relationship with another woman, which would help keep him away from crime.
Green also admitted failing to surrender to police bail on September 22, which was blamed on losing paperwork detailing the appointment due to his “chaotic” lifestyle.
Green was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work, and pay court costs of £85.