A man broke-into his former girlfriend’s home, let her beloved pet hamster out of its cage and it disappeared, a court was told.
But the mystery of the missing hamster had a happy ending after it was found hiding under a rug.
Andrew Walsh, 30, of Stanley Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary at his ex’s home in the resort’s Ibbison Court.
He was sentenced to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community and pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge.
Blackpool magistrates also sentenced him to a 12 months restraining order which bans him from contacting his ex or entering Ibbison Court. The court heard Walsh had repeatedly asked his ex to rekindle their relationship but she refused to do so.
On April 18 he saw her at bingo and when he asked where she was staying she told him she was staying at her mother’s.
When she returned to her home the next day she found her front door had been broken open and her television and mobile phone had been stolen.
The door to her hamster’s cage had been opened and the hamster was missing.
Walsh said he had let the hamster out of its cage for some freedom.
He had entered an early guilty plea.