A prolific criminal has been jailed for three years after his latest spate of offences which included a house burglary and threatening a shop manager with a knife.
David Vickers, 29, was jailed after a court heard he broke into a house on Archery Place, Woodhouse, Leeds, during the evening of May 15 this year as the home owner was sleeping upstairs.
He stole property and took a set of car keys before taking the vehicle which was parked outside. The car was later found abandoned.
Vickers cut himself during the break-in and tried to clean up the blood but his DNA was found at the scene.
In a separate incident, Vickers, of Recreation Place, Holbeck, threatened to stab a manager after he was seen stealing an item of clothing from the Cotswolds store in Leeds city centre on April 16.
Vickers, who had hidden the item in his rucksack, warned the manager not to follow him as he had a knife and would stab him. The manager contacted police and Vickers was arrested. Vickers was also arrested after he was spotted breaking into sheds on Northcote Drive, Beeston, and was found to be carrying three knives.
He pleaded guilty to burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and four offences of possession of a bladed article.
The court heard Vickers has been before the courts on 37 different occasions for 71 offences. They include offences for violence, burglary, dishonesty and drugs. He was subject to a community order at the time of the offences.
Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Vickers was homeless and living a “nomadic existence” at the time of the offences.
Sentencing Vickers, Recorder Richard Wright said: “You can, in my judgement, be properly described as a determined and persistent offender.”