A Sheffield burglar who was scared off by a brave householder when she caught him rifling through her kitchen has been jailed.
Joel Willott struck at a home in Warren Lane, Chapeltown, on Friday, April 13, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
The 23-year-old, of Woodthorpe Crescent, Woodthorpe, was caught by a female occupant in the kitchen at around 4.55pm.
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She shouted at him and he fled from the scene, carrying two handbags containing credit cards, cash and other items.
Willott was found guilty of burglary on Monday, following a five-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court, and was sentenced to three years in prison.
PC Dave Stacey, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I am pleased that Willott has been convicted of this crime and is now spending time behind bars.
“He was caught red-handed in the kitchen stealing property that wasn’t his. That discovery, finding someone in your own home, must be quite frightening, so I hope the victims in this case are reassured by the result.”