A TEENAGE burglar was caught after he broke into a house and stole over £2,000 worth of jewellery - but left his mobile phone at the scene.
Ryan Ellis, 18, was sent to a young offender’s institution for eight months over the break-in at the house in Hunslet, Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Ellis targeted the property on Royal Court on February 4 this year.
The owner of the house returned home to find valuables including four pairs of gold earrings, a gold bracelet and necklace were missing. A mobile phone was left inside the house and police were able to trace Ellis as the owner.
Ellis had gained access to the property by climbing through a downstairs toilet window. He was arrested and admitted the burglary.
The court heard Ellis, of Woodview Mount, Beeston, has a previous conviction for house burglary. He also has convictions for shoplifting and vehicle theft.
James Gelsthorpe, mitigating, said Ellis committed the offence as he was out of work and could not claim benefits as he did not know his national insurance number.
Mr Gelsthorpe said: “When matters in this defendant’s life get tough he resorts to crime and that’s what happened in this matter.
“He recognises that there are plenty of other people who are down on their luck but do not resort to crime.”
The barrister urged judge Sally Cahill, QC, to consider suspending it due to his young age.
Judge Cahill told Ellis: “You are a young man with a very substantial record of criminal convictions behind you. You have previously been before the courts for dwelling house burglary.
“If ever you come before the courts again for dwelling house burglary you will receive a minimum year-term in custody.”