‘Stupid’ burglar took £120 worth of tracksuits but left his blood on the windowsill – Gazette Live
A “three strikes” burglar has been given another prison sentence for invading a home.
Paul Atkinson, 40, was already in prison serving a jail term for two burglaries when he appeared in court for a third.
He smashed his way into a home on Kendal Road, Hartlepool and stole almost £1,000 worth of possessions including a TV, laptop, games console and £120 worth of tracksuits.
He left blood on a window sill, glass all over the floor with belongings thrown around and drawers emptied between April 22 and 24, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said the householder felt insecure in her home after the break-in.
Atkinson, of Appingham Street, Hartlepool, admitted the burglary.
Either side of the offence, he committed two other burglaries for which he was jailed for 876 days last June.
In one of these, he invaded an elderly victim’s home and stole a TV, laptop and jewellery, leaving paperwork and drawer contents all over the floor, and his fingerprints on a jewellery box.
Martin Scarborough, defending, said Atkinson had become a trusted prisoner as he worked towards release in August this year.
With just under five months left to serve, he used his time well obtaining NVQs.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Atkinson: “Had you had the good sense to plead guilty to this in June when you were before me for the other matters, I would have given you full credit.
“You didn’t. You were stupid in many ways.”
Atkinson was jailed for one year for the latest burglary.
The sentence will start straight away and run alongside his existing jail term, meaning his release will be pushed back to September.
Appearing in court via video link to Durham Prison, Atkinson said: “Can I go?”
The judge replied: “You can.”
He then clarified: “When I say you can go, you can go out of the booth. You can’t go out of the prison.”
The inmate answered: “Yeah yeah, I know that.”
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