Burglar tried to break in while couple slept

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A serial burglar has been jailed for three years after raiding a family home just weeks after being released from prison.

Peter Rose, 41, of Albion Crescent, tried to climb through a bathroom window at one of the properties and stole an expensive bike from a neighbouring yard.

Police were called to the scene and arrested Rose as he threw a pair of gloves to the ground which he had worn to hide fingerprints. He was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary.

Rose denied the offences and appeared at York Crown Court for trial, but pleaded guilty at the last minute to one count of burglary with intent to steal and an alternative charge of theft.

Prosecuting barrister Ben Campbell said the offences, in the early hours of June 28, happened just a few weeks after Rose had been released from jail after serving a 27-month sentence for possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. He said a couple were asleep at their bungalow in Burniston Road when they heard a noise coming from their ensuite bathroom at about 3.30am. The husband went to investigate and saw Rose peering through the window.

Rose scarpered and as he ran down the driveway, he took a bike from the side of the house. Police were on the scene in minutes and found that the bike was one of three bicycles - worth £2,700 - stolen from a garden shed next-door.

Rose, a former drug user, claimed he had simply found the bike as he was fleeing and did not break into the shed. His basis of plea was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Detective Constable Phil Nockels, of the Scarborough Serious Crime Team, said: “Peter Rose is a menace to the local community in Scarborough and he blatantly has no respect for the law or the criminal justice system as a whole. He deserves to be back behind bars for the misery he has caused to his victims.”