A teenager who was found hiding in a loft after he helped raid a family home in Henry Road, West Bridgford has been locked up.
Alex King, of Stanesby Rise, Clifton, was sent to youth custody for two years after he pleaded guilty to burglary and the theft of the family’s Vauxhall Corsa.
At Nottingham Crown Court, the 19-year-old was sentenced today via video link from Glen Parva young offenders’ institution, where he had been on remand.
Judge James Sampson told the former Nottingham City Council binman the family were at home in bed at the time of the break-in.
He said: “You were part of a group. It was a planned attack. And it resulted in an extreme violation of the privacy of the individuals living there, so much that they did not wish to use the car and camera that was taken and had sleepless nights.”
Prosecutor Katherine Goddard said the family woke up to find their home, in Henry Road, West Bridgford, had been burgled on September 14.
Two sets of car keys had been stolen – one set to the family’s Vauxhall Corsa – as well as a wallet, camera and Macbook Air.
The burglary was reported to police. The registration of the stolen Corsa was recorded on the same day by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera.
Police investigations discovered the car had been closely followed by a Citroën Picasso, which King had bought on Gumtree for £195 a few hours before the break-in.
Then detectives stopped the Picasso by chance and found King driving the vehicle without any car insurance, but did not question him at that stage about any links to the burglary.
It was only two days later that officers went to speak to him at his home and found him hiding upstairs in the loft and uncovered a pair of Nike trainers with a pattern similar to those found at the burglary.
Miss Goddard read out a victim impact statement on behalf of the husband at the burgled home.
He described the effect on him and his family, in particular the inconvenience of having to change the door locks and take time off work to arrange for security alarms and other security measures to be fitted.
The statement read: “My partner’s concern is being subject to sleepless nights and not wanting to use the camera because someone else had used it.”
The Vauxhall Corsa was returned to the family, who now want to sell it so they can “move on”.
King was first convicted at the age of 14 after he was involved in a robbery. Two months later at the youth court he was up for shoplifting, and by 2013, he had committed another robbery.
These new charges put him in breach of court orders for previous offences of possessing Class B drugs and two burglaries, the court heard.
Digby Johnson, mitigating, said other people went into the property while his client stayed outside in the Picasso.
He told the judge he was looking at someone who was “soft and stupid”.
Mr Johnson said: “He knows that he has done wrong.”