Burglar found hiding in loft after break-in at Leeds house
A career burglar was caught hiding under loft insulation at a house he broke into in Leeds.
Kyle Black was locked up for four years after a court how he smashed a window to get into the property on Primrose Crescent, Halton.
Black filled a pillow case with valuable items as an accomplice stood outside the property acting as lookout.
Black helped himself to jewellery and other items as he searched the property.
Leeds Crown Court heard neighbours saw the break-in.
They alerted the house owner and contacted police. Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said: “He was found hiding in the loft under some insulation.”
Black, 25, of Kentmere Approach, Seacroft, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary.
The court heard Black has 15 previous convictions and has served prison sentences for burglary,
Stephen Welford, mitigating, said Black was released from prison on licence in 2016 and had been making good progress on a course designed to address his drug and alcohol problems.
Mr Welford said Black had been upset following the death of his grandfather and he carried out the burglary a day after attending his funeral.
Jailing Black, judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “Thanks to the vigilance and public spiritedness of neighbours you were caught red-handed hiding in the loft.
“The householders were alerted by the neighbours on the scene when you were in their house.
“It is aggravated by the fact that you were on licence at the time.”