Burglar’s drug den break-in mistake

A burglar who smashed his way into a house believing it to be a drugs den has today been jailed for a total of two years and five months.

A burglar who smashed his way into a house believing it to be a drugs den has today been jailed for a total of two years and five months.

Kyle Nicholls targeted the property in East Park, Wolverhampton, while the homeowner and his family were away on their holidays breaking in through the conservatory.

The 26-year-old thief, who has 10 previous convictions for house raids, smashed through a conservatory window at the back of the house before breaking another window to get in.

The burglary in Westfield Road took place between the evening of March 31 and the following day, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Miss Alka Brigue said the defendant failed to escape with any goods from the property and fled when an alarm was sounded.

Nicholls was arrested in Exeter after a forensic search of the property found traces of his blood.

Miss Brigue said Nicholls had told officers he believed the house was a cannabis factory and he decided to break into it to pay off a £300 drugs debt.

Nicholls, from Wolverhampton, but who now lives in Exeter, had previous convictions for assault and burglary. In 2006 he was given 29 months for house burglary and in 2005 he was handed a three-month jail term for non-house burglary.

Nicholls admitted one count of burglary.