A CAREER burglar who was caught as he tried to steal a car after breaking into a house has been returned to jail.
Craig Sharp, 29, was sent to prison for three years, four months, over the raid on the family home on Elder Croft, Bramley, in the early hours of June 25 this year.
Sharp smashed a window to get into the property as the family who lived there were upstairs in bed.
Sharp then took the key to an Audi parked on the driveway.
A woman living at the house was awoken by the noise and screamed after seeing broken glass in the hallway.
Her partner then heard his car engine start outside and realised they had been burgled.
He ran outside and managed to open the door to the vehicle and grabbed Sharp.
The two men then struggled and Sharp was bitten on the thumb. Sharp threw punches at the victim and managed to run off.
Police were called and Sharp was arrested nearby. He was found in possession of a pair of mole grips and told officers: “I was up to no good and that’s why I had them with me.”
Sharp, of Coal Hill Green, Rodley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary and going equipped for burglary.
The court heard he has committed more than 100 previous offences and it is his seventh burglary conviction.
Sharp had been released from prison on licence in March this year but began committing offences after he returned to abusing drugs.
He was return to prison after being arrested.
The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “This offence is aggravated by the fact that it was committed at night and there was a confrontation.
“The community impact of this sort of offending in Leeds is well documented.”