A career burglar from Sheffield was told by a judge he was getting ‘too old’ to carry on breaking into houses – as the judge jailed him for three years.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Franklin Tomlinson, aged 53, climbed a roof to gain access to a home in Handsworth, Sheffield.
Recorder Anton Lodge QC told him: “At 53, you should realise you are getting a bit too old for that, climbing on roofs.”
Tomlinson admitted his latest break-in at Handsworth Crescent, Sheffield, near his home on Saturday, September, 8 last year.
Peter Pimm, prosecuting, said Tomlinson had raided the semi-detached house while the householder was out and stole a laptop, four watches, six bracelets and a jacket.
A neighbour heard noises and spotted Tomlinson escaping.
Police were called and Tomlinson was found hiding in a garden with his haul nearby.
Tomlinson, of Handsworth Road, Handsworth, admitted burglary.
The court heard he had committed several previous burglaries, the first in 1991 when he was jailed for six months.
Stephen Grattage, mitigating, said he had recently become a grandfather and was anxious to see his grandchild and was trying to repair his relationship with his daughter.
Sentencing Tomlinson to three years, Mr Recorder Lodge told him: “You have a long history of going into other people’s houses and helping yourself to their goods.
“It looks as if it is getting more frequent.”