A bungling burglar was caught red-handed trying to loot a house when police were already inside interviewing a victim of another crime.
Darren Kimpton, whose counsel described his offending as “clumsy” and “pathetic”, had planned to steal items and sell them to buy Christmas gifts for his elderly parents.
The heroin addict, who has 36 previous convictions for burglary, was quickly caught by the officer as he tried to escape the house in Abington.
Kimpton had tried to break into two houses on the same night, Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard.
He failed to get into the first property in Monks Park Road, Abington, succeeding only in cutting himself and leaving his blood, and as a result his DNA, on the door lock.
He then went to another home in Lea Road, Abington, where the homeowner had already been broken into earlier that night.
Police were inside interviewing the victim when Kimpton appeared at the door, put his hand through a broken window and tried to let himself in. He attempted to run away, but was caught after a brief struggle.
Forensic tests later confirmed the blood on the lock at the first house was his.
Kimpton, aged 49, of Severn Drive, Northampton, admitted two charges of attempted burglary with intent to steal. The incidents happened overnight on December 22 and 23 last year.
Police are still trying to establish who carried out the first burglary in Lea Road.
Paul Harkins, mitigating, said: “These are examples of really clumsy, pathetic offending.
“At the time he was homeless, and had no money to buy Christmas presents for his elderly mother and father. If successful, he would have sold the items for cash to buy presents.”
Kimpton’s bail application was rejected and he was remanded in custody, ahead of sentencing at Northampton Crown Court next month.