A burglar who targeted two houses and stole washing machines and fridge freezers has been locked up after his blood was found at one of the addresses.

Roman Polak’s first raid took place on an empty rented property on Portman Street, Middlesbrough, where he stole a washing machine, fridge freezer, two sets of drawers, two wardrobes, and a microwave.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the burglary was discovered when a letting agent visited the address on May 24 this year and left the landlord £1,000 out of pocket.

The 49-year-old was identified as the suspect when traces of his blood were recovered from the scene.

Polak’s second burglary took place on a house on Surrey Street, Middlesbrough, on June 13 this year when he smashed his way into the house before stealing a washing machine and fridge.

This time the defendant was spotted walking along a nearby street with the fridge on a wheeled trolley before abandoning the white goods.

When he was arrested, he claimed he had found the fridge but dumped it when he discovered it didn’t work.

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Polak, of Gresham Road, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to both burglaries when he appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Nicci Horton, mitigating, said her client was a longtime drug addict whose criminal record was not as bad as some similar defendants who appear before the courts.

She added: “For these offences, I don’t think he has clear recollection of as he was using drugs quite significantly.

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“He has accepted what he done.”

Judge Deborah Sherwin jailed the burglar for a total of two years and five months for both offences.

She added: “This case has a lot of a chequered history; it was originally sent to Crown Court in error as it was thought that you were a third-strike burglar but that was not the case.

“Once the court realised that you entered your guilty pleas.”