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Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Jail for man who broke into Nottingham house and stole food

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A man who told residents he had broken into their house because he was hungry has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Mugaleta Tewelde, formerly of no fixed abode, was detained by two men living in the property in Alfreton Road, Radford, after they caught him stealing food at around 10pm on 9 April 2020.

The 28-year-old man had broken in through a first floor window.

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Officers arrived and arrested Tewelde who was charged with burglary and theft. He pleaded guilty to the offences the following day (10 April) and was sentenced on Wednesday (15 July) at Nottingham Crown Court.

Detective Constable Ruth Towle said “Clearly we can’t condone breaking and entering.

“It was very distressing for the victims to find an intruder in their home but they acted bravely and even told Tewelde that if he needed help for food he should have just knocked on the door.

“I hope Tewelde will now be able to reflect on his actions and access the help he needs.”