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Trio of drunken Middlesbrough burglars jailed over botched break-in
THREE drunk burglars have been given jail sentences totalling more than five years for a botched raid on a house.
David Steele, Michael Forajter and Wayne Harvey were caught red handed by police after neighbours reported intruders trying to prise open a door to the property in Beaumont Road, Middlesbrough, in the early hours of May 31.
Police were called and found the trio in a back yard.
Harvey, who had two screwdrivers, and 33-year-old Forajter were detained while Steele ran upstairs, smashed a window and jumped into a back alley, but was quickly arrested.
All three admitted burglary.
Steele, 26, was described by his barrister Jonny Walker as a "significantly improved" who had pleaded guilty at his first opportunity.
The father-of-two had previously been convicted of two house burglaries.
Forajter, who had served three months on remand, was said to be highly drunk and had distanced himself from criminal elements he mixed with.
Duncan Mochrie, for 41-year-old Harvey, said he was a heroin addict whose record showed he tended to target commercial properties.
Judge George Moorhouse said the trio had consumed so much drink that night that they hardly knew what they were doing.
Steele, of Pearce Close, Forajter, of Darnton Drive and Harvey, of Thornton Street, all Middlesbrough, were given jail sentences of two years 146 days, 18 months and 18 months respectively.