A PROLIFIC Leeds burglar has been sent back to prison after breaking into a home just days after being released from jail.
Alex Owens, 22, was told by a judge that he expected him to commit more burglaries again soon after the completion his latest sentence.
Owens - who has a record for committing burglary dating back to when he was 14 - was jailed for three years for the break-in at the house on Lulworth Crescent, Cross Gates, in the early hours of December 22 last year.
He targeted the property with an accomplice as the family who lived there were in bed at 3am.
They stole a handbag containing a mobile phone, purse and keys to car parked outside which they tried to drive off in.
The vehicle was abandoned with the keys in the ignition after they were disturbed by a neighbour. The neighbour alerted the homeowners by shouting through the letterbox and police were alerted.
Owens and the other man then drove away in another vehicle which they also abandoned a short distance away and caught a taxi.
Police stopped the taxi and arrested Owens and his accomplice.
Owens tried to run off from officers but was caught a short distance later.
He was in possession of a bag containing a pair of gloves and tools associated with carrying out burglaries.
Owens, of Strathmore Avenue, Harehills, pleaded guilty to burglary.
Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said Owens first began committing burglaries in 2006.
In 2009 he was given a three-year sentence for burglary after asking the court to take 39 further offences into consideration.
Michael Miller, mitigating, said his client committed his latest offence just a matter of days after being released from prison and was on licence.
He said: “He is a young man who will receive lengthier sentences unless he changes his ways.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “You have a terrible record.
“There is community impact evidence indicating the trauma which is suffered by people in this city because of people like you who commit burglaries.
“At the moment it seems that you are likely to commit your next burglary soon after you are released from prison.”