A burglar caught by police as he tried to climb over a garden fence after breaking into a Broxtowe home has today been locked up.
Andrew Larcombe, 52, of Lindfield Road, Broxtowe, was jailed for two years and five months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing.
He admitted to burgling a property in Lindfield Road, Broxtowe, on the night of 13 November 2018.
After receiving a call from a member of the public of the burglary in progress, officers arrived on scene within minutes and arrested Larcombe in the back garden of the property.
He had broken into the house and taken a speaker which was found outside.
Earlier that day Larcombe had gone to the address and asked the occupant if she wanted him to look after some speakers which she was in the process of moving out of her house. She said ‘no thanks’.
She left the house secure that afternoon but received a call from police just before 10.50pm notifying her of the burglary.
Speaking after Larcombe’s sentencing Detective Inspector Steve Wragg said: “Larcombe knew exactly what he was doing when he came to the victim’s address. He fully intended to commit a burglary.
“We’re grateful to the member of the public who reported this burglary in progress. Officers were quickly on scene and caught Larcombe red-handed.
“We can all play a part in keeping our communities safe by reporting suspicious incidents – just like this caller. Always ring 999 straight away if a crime is underway, if someone’s in danger or suspects are still in the area. Otherwise call us on 101 immediately.
“Burglary is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police. We now have two teams dedicated to tackling burglary in the city and county and we remain determined to reducing burglary and bringing offenders to justice.”