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Dozy Lincoln burglars raid house then fall asleep in getaway car

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 25, 2013

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Two house burglars were arrested after they fell asleep in their getaway car.

Residents nearby spotted Richard Smith and Samuel Hutchinson still sleeping at 8am in the vehicle parked in Aylesby Close on Lincoln's Ermine West Estate and contacted police.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting Smith and Hutchinson at Lincoln Crown Court, said officers detained the pair and searched their vehicle.

They discovered items stolen just hours earlier from a house in Wilson Street off Burton Road, while the occupiers were asleep upstairs.

The haul included a wallet containing £140 cash, a purse, bank cards, perfume and a set of hair straighteners, which the householders discovered were missing when they came downstairs at 7.30am.

There were no obvious signs of a break-in but one of the residents believed that the front door had been left unlocked all night.

Smith, of Station Road, Bardney, and Hutchinson, of no fixed address, both 22, admitted burglary on February 18. Smith also admitted possession of a small amount of amphetamine found in the car and asked for two further matters to be taken into consideration.

Smith was jailed for 16 months and Hutchinson for 12 months.

Jonathon Dee, in mitigation for Smith, said that at the time he committed the burglary he was out of work and had returned to taking drugs.

Mr Dee said that very soon after he was released on bail following his arrest, Smith found a job and has since turned his life around.

"He has been working as a forklift truck driver. He started that job two days after he committed this burglary."

Sam Skinner, in mitigation for Hutchinson, said he turned to crime in his late teens.

"He has had no fixed address and little opportunity to turn his life into anything else. His life is not hopeless but it is pitiful."

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