A house burglar who targeted a string of properties in the Monks Road area of Lincoln was on Monday, December 19 jailed for three years at the city’s Crown Court.
Joshua Mulrooney was arrested after a detective investigating a series of raids in the area spotted him walking along John Street.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said that Mulrooney was carrying an iPad. He claimed he had found the item but then became agitated and ran away.
Police tracked him down within half an hour and arrested him.
Mr Jones said that the iPad was stolen from a terraced house in Baggholme Road.
Mulrooney also stole a laptop after entering a house in Arboretum View but was disturbed when he tried to carry out a further raid on John Street.
The court was told that he had 13 previous convictions for 23 offences including three court appearances for house burglary.
Mulrooney, 21, of Monks Road, Lincoln, admitted two burglaries and an attempted burglary which were all carried out on May 5. He asked for six further offences of house burglary to be taken into consideration.
John McNally, in mitigation, said Mulrooney had a difficult upbringing after his mother died when he was a toddler.
He told the court that at the time of the burglaries Mulrooney was living in a night shelter and had been homeless for the best part of six years.
Mr McNally said: “These offences occurred after he fell into using legal highs and he had to finance that.”
Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Mulrooney “Your record of offending is dire. It is a lamentable record.”