A SERIAL burglar has been jailed for four years for a house raid carried out less than a fortnight after he was let out of jail for his last break-in.
Paul Robinson forced his way into a family home at Sunderland Street, Houghton, in August and used the victims’ car to transport property from their house to his.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 33-year-old had made repeated trips back and forth by the time the family, who were sleeping upstairs, realised their home had been targeted.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court Robinson had forced his way into the house through multi-locking patio doors.
Mr Wardlaw said: “It is apparent the offender had made more than one trip to the address in order to steal the property which had been stolen.”
Robinson was caught driving away from the house in the family’s Nissan, with a load of property stolen from their home bundled into the back.
More of the family’s belongings were found when Robinson’s home was raided.
Robinson, who has convictions for 136 previous offences, including house raids, had been released from a three-year sentence for a previous burglary, imposed in 2010, just days before.
Mr Recorder Andrew Sandiford jailed Robinson, of Shields Place, Houghton, who pleaded guilty to burglary, for four years.
The judge told him: “You were released and within two weeks you go and commit this offence. What that shows to me, I’m afraid, is you are a man who is dedicated to committing offences of burglary.
“People’s homes and their cars are often their most valuable possessions and the court has to act to protect people.”
Christopher Morrison, defending, said Robinson is determined to change his ways when he is eventually released.