A ‘MEAN’ burglar targeted his own father’s home and stole his mobility scooter, a court heard.
Daniel Denton avoided a jail sentence despite facing the prospect of being handed a minimum three-year sentence as the offence meant he was classed as a “three-strike” burglar.
Denton climbed in through a window at his father’s home on in Farsley, on March 13 and stole some hedge trimmers before taking garage keys.
The 36-year-old them helped himself to the £1,300 mobility scooter in order to pay for drugs.
Leeds Crown Court heard Denton’s father had allowed his son to live with him until shortly before the offence.
Michael Smith, prosecuting, said Denton went to the house in the morning and asked to be allowed in to pick up his work clothes.
He unlocked windows while he was in the property before returning later and carrying out the burglary. Mr Smith said Denton’s father realised his son was responsible when he returned home.
The prosecutor said: “His father had given him many chances over the years despite his dishonesty.”
Denton, now of Edmund Street, Bradford, was arrested four days later. He admitted burglary. The court heard officers managed to recover the mobility scooter.
Denton had 26 convictions for dishonesty offences and burglary dating back to 2000.
Vincent Blake-Barnard, mitigating, said: “He fully accepts what he did was unforgivable.”
Denton was made the subject of a 12-month community and supervision order, to include a drug rehabilitation requirement. He was also made the subject of a curfew and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Knapton said: “It was a mean offence committed against your father who, over the years, has tried to do his best.”