A NISSAN employee who burgled a house after leaving work at the car plant in the early hours of the morning has been jailed.
David Hill raided a couple’s home at South Avenue, in Washington, while they were asleep and made off with property including a camera and a PlayStation console.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 40-year-old was arrested just hours afterwards at The Galleries shopping centre with the stolen property in his bag.
Paperwork taken in the raid was found under his bed during a search of his home.
Hill, of Stoneycroft, Washington, denied burglary but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.
He told detectives he was at work when the break-in took place in the early hours of July 18.
Prosecutor Lee Fish told jurors: “What he told the police when he was arrested was not completely untrue.
“However, what you will hear is that the defendant actually left Nissan by taxi at about 3am.”
The court heard Hill had arrived home, where he lives with his father at around 6am.
Mr Fish added: “This, the prosecution say, provides a three-hour window where this burglary was committed by this defendant. The prosecution say you will be able to safely infer that this defendant was the burglar.”
Hill claimed he innocently came into possession of the stolen items.
Jurors rejected his claims and Mr Recorder Kirtley sentenced Hill to three years behind bars.