A BURGLAR was given a “last chance” to avoid jail after he confessed to raiding a friend’s home in Wainfleet while she was out.
David Cross, 29, admitted helping another man to steal property valued at over £1,800 from a friend’s semi-detached house in Mawson Gardens.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how the property’s owner noticed entry had been gained through her kitchen window when she returned home after a day away.
The property taken during the burglary included a 42-inch flat screen television, a child’s BMX bike, a games console and a set of step-ladders.
When Cross learnt of his victim’s devastation at the break-in he confessed to his role, the court was told.
Cross was arrested and told police he allowed an accomplice into the property and was paid just £20.
Cross named the burglar but he was not prosecuted.
A victim impact statement made by the victim was read out in court. In it she described now being frightened of further burglaries.
She added that she had also suffered financially following the burglary and had only been able to replace her television.
In mitigation the court was told Cross had a history of being “bullied” into crime by others and was vunerable because of his drink and drug addictions.
The court heard Cross had been remanded into custody after a bail offence but could make a fresh start if he was released.
Cross, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the burglary which occured on February 5 this year.
He was sentenced to eight months imprionment suspended for two years, ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and placed under probation supervision for two years.
Passing sentence Recorder Peter Cooke told Cross he could take the exceptional course of sparing him jail because of his “apology” to his friend.
Recorder Cooke told him: “You know doubt knew that you would be arrested which you were.”