Jewel thief's haul after a window was left open
A "professional" jewellery thief who took advantage of the heat wave to target a home in Louth was jailed for two years and eight months.
Michael White, 28, pocketed a haul of sentimental possessions after climbing in through an upstairs window of the house in Horncastle Road while the owners were both at work.
Lincoln Crown Court heard White, also known as Michael Bateson, snatched a number of items of jewellery after finding them in a bedroom cupboard.
They included a 30-year-old gold chain, a 20-year-old pearl necklace, a silver locket and 40 loose pearls.
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Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "Entry was gained through a small upstairs window which had been left open.
"White used the couple's ladder to climb on to the porch and put his hand through the window to open a bigger window."
White was linked to the burglary after his fingerprints were left at the point of entry and inside the house. A pawnshop receipt for £230 was also found in his possession.
When questioned by police, White denied the burglary.
Mr Scott added: "He claimed he had visited the property six to eight weeks before and had been invited inside after offering to clean the windows."
White later admitted the burglary. He also asked for another house burglary in which £2,000 cash was stolen and an offence of handling stolen goods to be taken in to consideration.
The court heard White carried out the offences while serving two suspended prison sentences.
White, of no fixed address, admitted a single charge of burglary on July 23.