A burglar has been sentenced to three years behind bars after breaking into his neighbours’ homes and stealing electrical equipment.
Father-of-two Nicholas Powis, 26, will miss the birth of his twin babies, due in September, as a result of his repeat offending.
Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said Powis had been given several opportunities in the past to deal with his drug addiction, which was the cause of his offending. Now the only option remaining to the court was a custodial sentence, she said.
Powis, of Elgin Street, Plungington, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary of a dwelling house.
The first break-in took place at a house in Charnock Street, Plungington, as the householder was in the process of moving out.
Knowing she was away, Powis forced his way in through the back door and stole a flat screen TV, a surround system, jewellery and a DVD player.
He went on to carry out two further burglaries at houses in Henderson Street.
A student living in one of the properties heard a disturbance but by the time he went to investigate Powis had fled, taking a computer, games and a monitor with him.
The following day he broke into a second house in Henderson Street, stealing £2,000 of property including a BMX and Xbox that the householder’s son had saved up for with birthday money.
Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said: “I am sure it is heartbreaking that you will miss the birth of your babies.
“When you committed these offences you knew your girlfriend was expecting twins and you knew you had your other children and her to think of.”