A MAN has been warned to expect a prison sentence after admitting his 21st burglary.
Colin Ayre broke into a house in Cairnside, Seaham, and took jewellery and watches valued at £2,300, Durham Crown Court heard.
The 34-year-old, of Kirklea Road, Houghton, admitted a charge of burglary on November 22.
The court heard he has 20 previous convictions for burglary.
Chris Morrison, defending, said: “He does have a long record for this type of offence, but most were a long time ago.
“Mr Ayre’s family and other circumstances have improved in recent times.
“It would assist the court to hear about that in a pre-sentence report.”
Judge Christopher Prince adjourned the case for sentence on January 24.
A report about him will be prepared by the probation service for the hearing.
The judge said: “I am prepared to grant the application for a report.
“But the defendant must understand custody is inevitable, it is only a question of how long.”
The judge remanded Ayre in custody until the next hearing.