Burglar caught as scene of crime in Grantham
A burglar was caught red-handed at the scene of his crime, Lincoln Crown Court was told today.
Michael Robinson tried to hide after police checked out the garage of a property in Balmoral Drive, Grantham.
Officers quickly spotted Robinson's accomplice and arrested him but Robinson crouched down between a car and a wall to conceal himself.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that it was only when the householder switched on the lights that Robinson was revealed.
Mr Howes said: "In the early hours police saw that the garage door was open and there were some boxes out of place. Officers went to investigate and found a man in the garage. He had a screwdriver on him.
"Soon afterwards the householder went to look and put the light on. He found Robinson trying to hide between a car and the wall. Robinson was arrested. He also had a screwdriver."
Robinson, 36, of Norton Street, Grantham, admitted burglary as a result of the incident in the early hours of April 13 this year. He also admitted failing to answer to his bail.
He was given a 12 month community order with a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement.
David Watts, in mitigation, said that Robinson was addicted to heroin but had in the past managed to stay out of trouble and hold down a job.
Mr Watts said: "Unfortunately the events of last year changed that. He was responsible for saving someone's life. He received no counselling afterwards and went into a rapid downhill cycle. He started injecting which he had never done before."
He said that Robinson, who has been held in custody for the last few weeks, is now on methadone and is determined to re-establish contact with the drug treatment agency Addaction.