Burglar targeted Leeds house as couple slept in bed

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A BURGLAR stole thousands of pounds worth of property from the home of a couple as they were asleep in bed.

Adam Pitts crept into the bedroom as the victims lay asleep and stole their mobile phones.

Pitts targeted the house on Barkly Road, Beeston, in the early hours of September 7 this year.

He climbed in through a ground floor window before searching for valuables. Leeds Crown Court heard Pitts then loaded the items into the couple’s Ford Focus which was parked outside and drove off in it. Phillips Adams, prosecuting, said the stolen property was never recovered but the car was found with false number plates two days later.

A screwdriver was found in the glovebox and contained Pitts’s DNA. He was arrested and his phone contained text messages offering some of the stolen items for sale.

Pitts, 22, of Cottingley Drive, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary. He was jailed for three years, four months.

Jailing Pitts, judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “The people who owned this house were asleep in their beds. For them to have realised that someone was there when they were asleep is something that will cause them great anxiety.”