A BURGLAR has been jailed for 21 months after he targeted the home of a young family as they slept upstairs.
Matthew Robinson also admitted a number of other offences for violent and nuisance behaviour including assaulting a police officer and breaching anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO).
Robinson, 23, was on bail when he burgled the house on Gillan Street, Knottingley, in the early hours of June 8 this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard he stole over £900 worth of electrical goods as the couple who lived their slept upstairs with their five-year-old son.
Robinson also took the keys to their Ford Mondeo which was parked outside. He drove off in the vehicle and it was later found abandoned.
Robinson, who has a long criminal record, was arrested after his fingerprints were found inside the vehicle. Earlier in the evening, witnesses had seen Robinson in a drunken state and was spotted trying door handles.
The court also heard Robinson had tried to steal items from Boots and Poundland on April 24 in Pontefract town centre and was in breach of an ASBO as he was drunk and refused to leave the area.
On July 4 he was involved in an incident with his ex girlfriend and kicked a police officer who was called to the scene.
Robinson, of Hazel Road, Knottingley, pleaded guilty to burglary, two ASBO breaches, two attempted thefts, two offences of failing to surrender to custody, taking a vehicle, assaulting a police officer and driving without insurance.
Stephen Swann, mitigating, said much of Robinson’s offending was linked to his drink problem.
Recorder Christopher Attwooll said: “Burglary of a dwelling house when they are occupied at night cannot be overlooked. It is one of the most serious offences you can commit.”