A burglar was caught after his grandfather called police when he spotted him inside a house he had just sneaked into.
Alan Skey, 23, was jailed for 12 months yesterday over the burglary at the home on Amberton Crescent, Gipton, Leeds.
Imran Khan, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Skey sneaked into the home of the elderly victim in the early hours of July 16 this year as he watched television downstairs and his wife was upstairs in bed.
Earlier in the evening Skey’s grandfather, who lives nearby, had seen him acting suspiciously outside the property as he was walking his dog.
His grandfather warned him to go away and contacted police later that night after he continued to watch the property and saw Skey through the kitchen window.
Skey stole a jar of coins but was arrested inside the house when officers arrived.
Skey, of Parkway Towers, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to burglary.
He has five convictions for seven previous offences.
Skey was on bail at the time of the offence over an allegation of assault and was also serving a suspended prison sentence.
The court heard the area in which the offence was committed has a burglary rate of six times the national average.
David Tyrer, mitigating, said Skey had drug problems and had abused heroin and amphetamines in the past.
He added that Skey was suffering from mental health problems at the time and had nowhere to live.
Mr Tyrer added that Skey went into the house in search of food and had not deliberately targeted the home in search of valuables.
Jailing Skey, Recorder Richard Wright, QC, said: “This offence is aggravated by the fact that you have previous convictions, that it was committed at night and your sheer persistence.”