Drunk burglar is caught by bottles

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A drunk man who burgled his neighbour’s flat was caught out after the victim spotted the wine bottles he stole.

Preston Crown Court heard Daniel Tomlinson, 23, took advantage of the man leaving the door to his Promenade flat open while he was asleep on the sofa.

The defendant and a friend sneaked in to steal three bottles of wine, some glasses and a mobile phone on October 5 last year.

But he was caught out after the man noticed the distinctive labelling on the wine bottles in Tomlinson’s kitchen while making inquiries about the theft the following afternoon.

Tomlinson pleaded guilty to burgling the flat.

Mark Lamberty, prosecuting, told the court two stolen glasses, which had the defendant’s fingerprints on them, went on to be recovered.

The mobile phone was recovered from Tomlinson after he was arrested. The court heard the offence happened just days after Tomlinson had been given a community order.

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said drinking large amounts of alcohol had been an underlying factor in his offending behaviour.

At the time of Tomlinson’s sentencing hearing last year, an alcohol treatment programme didn’t get going until about four weeks later.

He said: “It has since made a remarkable difference with him, since the community order began to bite. He has grasped the opportunity with both hands.

“The date of this offence was the last date he had a drink. He has come on leaps and bounds from where he was even six months ago.

“If he was sent to prison he would lose everything and start again from square one. He says he has turned a leaf”. Tomlinson was given 12 months jail, suspended for two years. A supervision order already in place will continue.

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