A prolific teen burglar has been locked up after admitting a spate of burglaries in Leeds in which he stole more than £26,000 worth of property.
Aiden Sharp, 19, confessed to offences dating back to 2009 after he was caught red handed breaking into a house in Armley last month.
Sharp, of Rayneville Place, Bramley, told an officer he wanted to admit the offences so he could make a “fresh start” after being released from custody.
The teenager pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and asked for a further 22 offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
A court heard some of the offences were committed during the night while victims were asleep in bed.
He was sent to a young offenders institution for three years. Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “Burglaries are endemic in this city.
“It is a terrible thing to break into someone’s house, particularly at night when they are asleep.
Det Insp Mark Strother, of North West Leeds Division, said: “Sharp is a prolific offender who despite his relatively young age has been responsible for a large number of offences over a prolonged period.
“We hope the communities that have been affected by his crimes will take some comfort from the fact that he has now been taken off the streets..”