Burglar caught on camera casually pocketing alcohol during raid on Jesmond house as victims slept

Burglar caught on camera casually pocketing alcohol during raid on Jesmond house as victims slept

This is the moment a burglar casually pockets a bottle of alcohol during his first of two break-ins at the same student house.

Sam Davies was captured on a camera in the living room at the property in Jesmond, Newcastle, last November, while two of the six occupants were asleep in bed and the others were out. Footage shows the intruder looking around the room and pick up a large bottle which he put in his jacket pocket.

Prosecutor Jane Foley told Newcastle Crown Court Davies went into one a bedroom where one of the students was sleeping and added: "He (the student) was half asleep and thought it was one of his flatmates."

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The court heard Davies took a door key during the break-in, as well bank cards, which he used to spend £44.74 in shops. As a result of the video, Davies was arrested the following day and granted bail but was back at the same house two weeks later and went into a sleeping student's bedroom after getting in through a unlocked door.

Sam Davies
Sam Davies -Credit:Northumbria Police

Miss Foley said: "She was woken by a sound in her bedroom, opened her eyes and recognised the defendant as the man who had been there on November 5, she had seen the footage and recognised him from that.

"When she saw it was him standing at the side of her bed she shouted at him to get out. He apologised and left the room." The burglar was arrested after he left the house but the court heard the student was left frightened that he may return.

Davies, 33, of Westgate Road, Newcastle, admitted two charges of burglary and four of fraud. Recorder Christopher Williams said Davies has made use of his time in custody on remand and has started to address the issues that lead to his offending.

Davies was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years, with a six months night-time curfew and 100 day alcohol abstinence requirement.

David Callan, defending, said Davies has been in custody since November. Mr Callan said Davies had not realised there was someone sleeping under the covers when he entered the bedroom during the second raid and added: "As soon as the girl spoke to him he apologised and left the room."