A burglar who stole valuables worth more than £3,000 as a family slept has been jailed.
Edward Buckton broke into the family’s home in the middle of the night and ransacked it.
The victims – a couple and their two children – were left traumatised by the thought of the intruder rifling through their belongings.
Buckton stored his stolen haul in his mother’s garage, the court heard.
Now Buckton has been jailed for 12 months after admitting burgling the four-bedroom semi in Ovingham, Northumberland.
As he was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, the family said in a statement: “We feel upset – the family were asleep upstairs so it was lucky the burglar didn’t come upstairs.” The break-in happened at a house on Croft Gardens, Ovingham, on November 22.
Buckton thought it might have been unoccupied as it had scaffolding up, and got in by forcing french doors at the back.
He stole a cycle, a large flat screen television, a camera, a satnav, a handbag, cash, credit cards and tools.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling said: “A number of items of value were taken, worth more than £3,000.
“The family said it was clear most of the rooms downstairs had been searched.”
Buckton, 24, of no fixed address, initially denied the offence but later pleaded guilty to burglary.
Jailing him, Judge Penny Moreland told Buckto: “This offence caused great harm as the family was at home, asleep in bed, when you broke in.
“There were children of the family asleep upstairs while you were going through property downstairs.”
Paul Cross, defending, said: “He initially thought the property was unoccupied as there was scaffolding up and no cars parked on the drive.
“He had broken his collarbone and had been to hospital.
“He was drunk and this was out of character for him.”
After the case, Ch Insp John Barnes, of Northumbria Police, said: “We take reports of burglary extremely seriously and will ensure those responsible face the consequences and be put before the courts.”