A SHOTTERY householder who believed a caller had walked into his home uninvited followed the man and saw him trying to break into a neighbour's garage.
And two days later Adam Smith was caught with a Stanley knife after breaking into another house.
Smith, aged 31, of Alcester Road, Stratford, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, attempted burglary and possessing a bladed article.
But he pleaded not guilty to an allegation of burglary at an address in Tavern Lane, Shottery, with intent to steal.
The court heard it was alleged that Smith had walked into the house through the open front door, and was seen in the hallway after calling out.
Smith maintained he had not gone inside; and following a discussion with the judge, prosecutor Lal Amarasignhe said he would not ask for a trial on that charge and it was left to lie on the court file.
After leaving that house, Smith had been followed by the householder who then saw him trying to break into the garage of another house in Tavern Lane.
The court heard that two days later Smith burgled a house in South Green Drive, Stratford, and stole a glue gun, a jig saw and a box of mulled wine.
And when he was arrested nearby he was found to have a Stanley knife on him.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Smith, and remanded him in custody.
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