Leeds man jailed for house burglary while victims slept

A man has been jailed for over three years at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to a house burglary which he carried out while the residents were sleeping upstairs.

Adam Pitts, aged 22, broke into the house on Barkly Road, Beeston, on Monday, September 7, while the owners were asleep upstairs. Pitts entered the property through a ground floor window and searched the house for valuables. Leeds Crown Court heard how Pitts even entered the bedroom of the sleeping couple and stole their mobile phones.

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Barkly Road, Beeston

Pitts, of Cottingley Drive, Leeds, stole his victims’ Ford Focus, which he filled with stolen goods, and fled the scene undetected. Police recovered the stolen vehicle days later and found a screwdriver in the glovebox which contained Pitts’ DNA, which was used as evidence in Leeds Crown Court. Unfortunately, none of the stolen valuables were recovered but police found evidence of their sale on Pitts’ mobile phone.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, told Pitts in Leeds Crown Court: “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.” Judge Cahill sentenced Pitts to three years and four months imprisonment.

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