A burglar caught after a break-in at a house in Dewsbury admitted a string of offences in other areas of West Yorkshire in which more than £20,000 in property was stolen.
Leeds Crown Court heard Hayden Campbell targeted a house in Edge Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury on January 9 when the occupants were out, gaining entry by snapping a lock on a side door.
He searched rooms downstairs and made an untidy search of a bedroom before leaving with £1,345 worth of property including mobile phones, jewellery, an iPod and a 42 inch flat screen television.
But a neighbour had noted down a car number nearby which was traced to a former partner of Campbell who said she had been asked to give him a lift to the area and that led to his arrest.
The burglary was discovered first by the 11-year-old-daughter of the occupant causing upset for her, Kathryn Stuckey, prosecuting, told the court.
Campbell, 20 of Kensington Way, Leeds, was sent to a young offender institution for 32 months after admitting the burglary and asking for 31 other offences of burglary and dishonesty to be taken into consideration including offences in Pudsey, Morley, Batley, Wakefield and Cleckheaton.
Sentencing him, Judge Guy Kearl QC said the burglary charged was “only the tip of the iceberg”.
It appeared the burglary spree had started last year and continued into 2013 and his position was further aggravated by a previous record for burglary and dishonesty.
He said Campbell had a job as a plumber’s mate. “Items were not taken because you needed money from their sale but so you had extra to spend.”
Shila Whitehead, for Campbell, said his remorse was genuine.
Campbell, 20, was sent to a young offender institution for 32 months after admitting the burglary and asking for 31 other offences of burglary and dishonesty to be taken into consideration including offences in Pudsey and Morley.