Bungling burglar failed to take anything from four homes
A BURGLAR targeted four homes within yards of each other in a spate of early morning break-ins — but left all of them empty handed.
Stephen McGill tried or managed to break into four homes in and around the Long Acre Road area of Carmarthen in the early hours of the morning on August 16.
He got inside two homes but left empty-handed and was caught after leaving blood and fingerprints at the addresses.
McGill, aged 37, of Belvedere Avenue in Carmarthen, targeted the first home at Parc-y-Drissi, while the owners were away. A neighbour heard the alarm going off and then noticed a rear window had been damaged and that a window had been forced.
The second property, in Long Acre Road, was targeted on the same night at around 2.30am.
He had broken the glass near a door but was confronted by the home owner whose wife had heard noises.
McGill was seen to run away from the property when he was found trying to hide in the garden.
He then went to a neighbouring property and attempted to get inside. The resident, an 82-year-old man, had been woken by a noise but returned to sleep. The next morning he discovered a window had been broken and furniture had been moved. He also found a pair of socks, which were not his, in the garden.
The fourth offence was at Llys y Nant. The home owner was again woken up at around 2.30am and when her husband went downstairs he found blood in the kitchen and blood leading to the alarm sensor which had been tampered with.
Nothing was taken from this house either.
McGill was arrested after a short struggle with officers at 6am. He had 37 previous convictions, including six for burglary, Swansea Crown Court was told. Dean Pulling, for McGill, said it was 10 years since his client had burgled a property.
"He knows it will be a sentence of imprisonment," he said.
McGill admitted two burglaries and two attempted burglaries.
Recorder David Miller told McGill he had caused "real anxiety" to his victims.
"They're entitled to feel safe in their homes and you violated that and it's not the first time," he said. He jailed McGill for two years and nine months.