AN unemployed man has escaped jail after taking samurai swords and a television from a house on his street, a court heard.
Christopher Harrison sold the items to a fellow Swadlincote resident but his fingerprints were found in the burgled home on Nelson Street, Derby Crown Court was told.
The 37-year-old was handed four-month prison term, suspended for two years.
He admitted burglary between May 16 and 18 after being arrested by officers from Derbyshire Police.
Judge Michael Fowler said: “If you commit another offence you could be brought back to court and are likely to serve that sentence.”
He put Harrison on probation for two years and ordered him to attend a six-month course to tackle his drug problem.
Jonathan Straw, prosecuting, said the tenants had moved out of the house but it was still partly furnished while they were redecorating it.
“When they went into the house on May 18, things were in something of disarray,” he told the court.
“A television set and two samurai swords were missing.
“A Kendo stick, a martial arts stick, was damaged,”
Some footprints were found near a living room window, which might have been left unlocked.
A scenes of crime officer examined a tin which was decorated with the handprint of the tenants’ baby.
Mr Straw said: “It also had the prints of this defendant.
“He lived nearby in the same street.
“He was not someone who would be a visitor to the address or who had a legitimate reason to go inside.”
Police later found the television and swords at a man’s house in Chrysanthemum Court, Newhall.
He told officers he had bought all the items.