A drug addict was spotted trying to shoulder charge the door of the Scarborough house in an attempt to steal, a court was told on Monday.
Dennis Reynolds, 32, of Trafalgar Square, had been released on a licence from a three-year prison sentence only two months before the attempt.
On Monday, Judge Michael Mettyear, sitting at York Crown Court said that Reynolds, with 47 convictions for 116 offences, had a “terrible” previous record.
John Bumfrey, prosecuting, told how witnesses saw Reynolds in the rear garden of a house in Filey Road, Scarborough, on July 29, this year.
He then attempted to climb through a window, attempted to force one door and then shoulder charged a second, failing each time to gain entry to the house.
Reynolds was then seen snatching a t-shirt from a washing line in the garden and using it to wipe his fingerprints off the window and doors.
He was arrested close by and appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously admitted to charges of attempted burglary and theft.
Matthew Stephenson, mitigating, said that Reynolds’s bad record was as a result of a difficult upbringing at the hands of a physically abusive father and being taken into care at the age of 12.
He added that on his release from the three-year sentence Reynolds had again turned to drugs and his old ways, committing the “inept” attempted burglary.
However, Mr Stephenson said that his client now realised the negative effect of drugs on his life, wanted to get clean and settle down with his partner and resume contact with his daughter from a previous relationship.
Describing Reynolds as “a determined criminal” Judge Mettyear jailed him for 12 months.