A PERSISTENT burglar who returned to crime within three weeks of being released from jail left a Doncaster naturalist distraught after taking a computer containing a vital wildlife report.
Christopher Robinson returned home with his girlfriend to find the raider escaping from the house in Northfield Road, Sprotbrough, and immediately gave chase.
Jamie Lanelly managed to get away from Mr Robinson but police officers took up the pursuit and nabbed the 26-year-old a short distance away, Doncaster Crown Court was told.
Lanelly, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the burglary and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
He has already served sentences totalling eight-and-a-half years since he became an adult, for 43 convictions mostly for burglary and robbery offences.
Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Mr Robinson and his girlfriend returned from a night out at 10.15pm on August 11 and realised something was wrong because the lights were on.
After hearing a bang Mr Robinson saw a hooded figure running from the front garden and later realised the stolen property included his laptop computer which contained a report he had written about the Hatfield Moors National Nature Reserve which had yet to be published.
“The invasion of my personal space and privacy has caused me great inconvenience,” said Mr Robinson.
Lanelly’s solicitor, Sarah Donaldson, said he had been released from prison on July 20 with no accommodation to go to apart from two nights in a B&B and had “got blisters walking the streets” looking for help.
“He reached the stage where he couldn’t walk any further and felt his situation was hopeless so was tempted to use drugs again. Within two or three weeks of release he turned to committing another serious offence.
“All he wants is a partner, a home and a job but how he will achieve that is not easy to see,” said Ms Donaldson.
Judge Jacqueline Davies told Lanelly he was “realistic” about the sentence she had to impose because of his record.