A BURGLAR who broke into the home of a retired man has been jailed for a year.
Glen McMann targeted the property when the occupier went out for his usual weekend drink, Durham Crown Court heard.
“He returned at about 11pm to find his house had been burgled,” said Paul Currer, prosecuting.
“All rooms had been searched and left, in what the victim described as a terrible mess.
“The items stolen were a television, a watch, a vacuum cleaner, a prayer book and tools.
“A man who knows the defendant saw him in a nearby back lane carrying a television and called the police.” The court heard police later found the television and a pair of trainers a short distance away.
“Tellingly, McMann was not wearing shoes when he was arrested,” added Mr Currer. “At first he claimed he had lost them while chasing after his dog.”
McMann, 25, of Avonmouth Road, Farringdon, Sunderland, admitted burglary in Barwick Street, Easington, on December 1.
He has previous convictions for theft, and being drunk and disorderly.
Lee Fish, defending, said: “This was a mean offence, there is no getting away from that.
“Mr McMann does have a record, but prior to this burglary he had kept out of trouble for nearly a year.”
Judge Robert Adams jailed McMann for one year.
The judge told him: “It is clear you are, or have been, an alcoholic, and you have a long history of drunkenness and theft.
“You have only one previous conviction for burglary, and you had kept out of trouble since December of 2012.
“The time you have spent on remand means I anticipate your release will be imminent.”