Burglar jailed after raiding Skegness house while the occupants slept
A SNEAK-IN burglar who raided a Skegness house while the occupants slept has been jailed for two years.
Louis Barwell entered the property on Park Avenue through an unlocked door and stole two mobile phones, bank cards, £58 cash and two purses.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the victims, who included guests staying overnight at the house, only discovered the burglary the following morning.
Traces of blood found at the scene linked Barwell to the crime.
One of the stolen mobile phones was recovered after the owner rang her own phone and was answered by a man who offered to sell it back to her for £60.
She arranged to meet him outside a fish and chip shop in Ingoldmells and when the phone was handed over the seller was arrested.
The man, who was a friend of Barwell, was later dealt with by Skegness Magistrates for handling stolen goods.
Mr Scott said that on the same night, Barwell also broke into a car parked in Park Avenue and attempted to steal from a car.
Barwell, 20, of Erdington Road, Leicester, admitted charges of burglary, theft and attempted theft on 27 August.
Terry Boston, defending, said Barwell had been staying nearby at his friend's house and got very drunk.
He said Barwell had the offer of a proper job for the first time and urged he be given a suspended sentence.