A POLICE dog tracked down a burglar who had broken into a Doncaster family’s home while they were in bed.
The Harrison family was left in shock after they were woken by the sound of Russell Craig McIntyre smashing a window of their property in Orchard Mews, Bessacarr, just before dawn on November 2 last year.
The 31-year-old ran from the house with Mr Harrison’s wallet, containing just a few US dollars, but he left behind £1,500 worth of damage to the kitchen window, Doncaster Crown Court was told by Corinne Wilson, prosecuting.
Miss Wilson said police deployed a dog handler and they tracked the defendant’s scent and apprehended McIntyre.
Some of the dollars were found on him hut the wallet had been thrown aside.
McIntyre initially denied the charge but a pair of gloves in his possession were found to have small fragments of glass which matched the broken window.
He then admitted his crime, and pleaded guilty to the burglary at court.
Mr Harrison told officers his family had been “devastated” by the break-in and his wife was scared to be alone in the house. “I cannot believe someone would do this and not give a thought to the impact on the family,” he said.
The court was told McIntyre, of Markham Avenue, Carcroft, had a record of 24 previous convictions, some for burglary and robbery offences.
Defence counsel Ian Groome said the defendant was a recovering drug addict and accepted he had been out looking for things to steal. “He has let himself down and wishes to come clean,” he said. “His life has been blighted due to his drug addiction. He is very sorry for having put himself before the court again.”
Sentencing him to 18 months’ imprisonment, Recorder Duncan Smith said the case was aggravated by his bad record and the impact on the victims of the burglary, whose home was violated.