A man who burgled a friend’s flat for two mobile phones while ‘roaring drunk’ has been jailed for 29 months.
Prolific burglar Gary Davenport, from Accrington, was caught breaking into a ground floor flat on West View in Haslingden.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the property was being decorated by occupant Lee Pickup and his brother Craig Riley and they had left the windows open ‘to assist in the drying out of the wallpaper and the plaster’.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court how Davenport broke in at around 10.50pm on June 18 this year and was seen by Mr Riley who shouted ‘what are you doing?’
The court heard how Davenport, who has seven previous convictions for house burglary, stole two mobile phones from a shelf and table before fleeing through the window.
Mr Parker said: “Mr Pickup followed him to an address where he thought he was likely to be.
“He was correct in that assumption. Police attended and the defendant was found hiding in the attic.
"Both witnesses knew the defendant. He had previously been a fairly regular visitor to the flat.
“Craig Riley wasn’t very happy with him coming over there and thought he was taking advantage of his brother so had warned him previously not to come round any more.
"Clearly he didn’t heed that advice.”
Davenport, 33, of Claremont Road, Accrington, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 29 months.
Vincent Deane, defending, told the court: “The defendant is under no illusion of the position he finds himself in. My main point of mitigation is he entered his guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.
“He certainly knew the people in the flat.
“He was roaring drunk at the time of the burglary. He got in the flat initially as a piece of buffoonery and saw the phones and took them and returned home. He appreciates it was a stupid thing to do.
“He was brought up by his grandparents and they have got to the stage where they are at the end of their tether with him.
"There is, in a very gloomy and grim picture, some grounds for hope. During his time in custody he has taken advantage of being referred for his alcoholism.”
Sentencing Judge Beverley Lunt said: “This was a mean offence. The people knew you and you knew them.
"They saw exactly what you did and your capture was inevitable. It’s your record that’s your problem.”