Night burglar who terrified couple by walking into bedroom while they were sleeping was caught after dropping his head torch the scene
A burglar terrified a sleeping couple by walking into their bedroom in the middle of the night.
Aaron Vaughan was wearing a head torch when he disturbed the man and woman in their home.
Leeds Crown Court heard the 21-year-old, who has 10 previous convictions including similar offences, had been on bail at the time for an attempted break-in at another property in September 2018.
Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said Vaughan entered the property on Gledholt Road, Huddersfield, through a kitchen window at around 5am on November 30, 2018,
After taking computer games, a tablet, rucksack and headphones, he wandered into the bedroom wearing the light on his head.
The woman screamed and her husband jumped out of bed and chased him down the stairs where Vaughan managed to escape through a a window.
The items stolen amounted to nearly £1,500 and were never recovered.
Arrested some months later, he made no comment during a police interview.
Appearing in court from custody via video link, he admitted burglary.
He also admitted a charge of attempted burglary of a property in Huddersfield, on September 13, 2018.
The 83-year-old occupier was alerted to someone trying the front door to his flat on Bath Street, and Vaughan was later identified as the culprit.
More recently, Vaughan, of Arncliffe Road, Wakefield, was arrested in Pontefract.
When police patrol officers tried to stop him in the street on January 18 this year, he ran off and was chased along Milton Drive.
He was seen holding a large kitchen knife that he dumped in a garden, before being caught trying to hide in a hedge in Redland Crescent.
Vaughan admitted a charge of possessing a bladed article and also cannabis, after a small amount of the drug was found him.
Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said Vaughan had grown up in care, had spent most of his adult life homeless, and committed the offences to pay for his £50-a-day cannabis habit.
She said: "He has found no other way to satisfy his addiction other than to commit crimes of this nature.
"At some point he has realised it simply has to stop."
Jailing him for 32 months, Mushtaq Khokhar said: "You are no stranger to offending of this type.
"Burglary offences are serious. I can appreciate the difficulties you have had in your life but unless you want to change your life, it will never change.
"If you continue down this path you have chosen the sentences will get longer and longer."