Man jailed after walking into house and stealing car keys
A burglar who stole a set of car keys after walking into a house in Lincoln has been jailed for two-and-half years.
Dale Day, 25, tried doors to a number of properties before he got into the house in Egerton Road, off Nettleham Road.
But Lincoln Crown Court heard that his bid to steal the car ended when the householder saw him from a first floor window.
Day, of no fixed address, admitted carrying out the burglary shortly after being released from prison.
The court was told Day had two previous convictions for house burglary going back to when he was aged just 14 and 16.
Day had obtained qualifications in English and maths whilst in jail and wanted to pursue a career in fitness or construction if he could free himself of drugs.
But Judge Michael Heath told Day he was a "third strike" burglar – which meant he had to be jailed by law.
"You began offending in 2000 and your record proves you are an habitual criminal," Judge Heath said.
"And you have convictions every year since 2000 – except for 2009 and 2010 when you were serving a two-year sentence.
"You walked in and helped yourself to the keys. The householder was home.
"There wasn't a confrontation, but he was aware of your presence as he saw you outside."