A PERSISTENT burglar who admitted breaking into 14 houses in Bulwell has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Robert Moss (22) was finally spotted leaping out of a bedroom window onto a caravan in Logan Street in an attempt to escape.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that police arrived swiftly on the scene and he was pointed out to them before being arrested.
Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, told Moss: “This is the fifth time you have been before the courts for house burglary. The only way to protect the public is for you to be locked up.”
Moss, of Cairns Close, pleaded guilty to two burglaries on Logan Street and Minerva Street on Wednesday September 7 last year and asked for 13 other offences, 12 of them at houses, to be taken into consideration.
The other offences took place between 2004 and 2008. Moss was driven round by the police to point out the addresses.
The break-in on Logan Street was particularly serious, said the judge, as Moss had intruded into the home of a seriously-ill woman being cared for by her husband.
Her bed was downstairs. Dogs barked but the banging noise upstairs was put down to radiators.
The woman’s condition was made worse by the break-in, the court was told. “She said she could not be in the house on her own and was terrified of going out,” said Jon Fountain, prosecuting.
Earlier the same day, Moss stole two mobile phones, a watch and other property from a house on Minerva Street while the occupier was at work. A footprint found on a bedroom windowsill matched Moss’s footwear.
The court heard he had been given a three-year sentence in 2008 for burglary.
In mitigation it was said Moss had come clean about his old offences and apologised to the woman who was ill.
His own mother had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, the court was told.