A PROLIFIC burglar has been jailed after targeting homes across the district.
Michael Atkins has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of targeting three homes in Leamington and one in Warwick between July 31 and August 5.
The 37-year-old of no fixed address, but living in Leamington, was jailed at Warwickshire Crown Court on Monday (September 24).
The court heard Atkins stole £150 after breaking into a property in West Street, Warwick. He fled after being confronted by the occupant.
He then stole stole £100 after breaking into a house in Rosefield Street.
The following day Atkins broke into a property in Clapham Street and fled with a laptop after being confronted by the owner.
Atkins also stole a wallet from a home on Trinity Street. He scaled a six foot wall to enter the property and got in through an open window. Once again he was confronted.
He was arrested after his fingerprints were found at the property on Clapham Street.
Warwickshire Police Det Cons Mobbs said: “Atkins is a prolific burglar and I’m sure had we not identified him he would have carried on breaking into people’s homes.
“I hope this sentence sends a message to other criminals and helps to act as a deterrent to those who may be considering committing this type of crime.”