Thief lost shirt in botched burglary

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A BURGLAR left his shirt behind after wriggling free from his victim’s grasp.

Colin Rutherford was confronted by the householder but managed to escape, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The victim returned home to find the back door of his house had been forced,” said Mark Styles, prosecuting.

“There was a pair of shoes on the doorstep.

“A struggle took place between the burglar and the victim, during which the burglar lost his shirt before fleeing, also leaving his shoes behind.

“The victim’s sister was later able to pick Rutherford out of an identity parade.”

The court heard that among the items taken was jewellery valued at £800, a laptop computer and a computer game. Some of the stolen items were Christmas presents.

Rutherford, 35, of Fairbairn Road, Peterlee, denied burglary at Galloway Road, Peterlee, on December 4 last year.

He changed his plea to guilty on the morning his trial was due to start.

Judge Christopher Prince jailed him for three years and 11 months.