A BURGLARY victim turned detective and with the help of a neighbour followed bicycle tyre tracks before police eventually snared a man with a swag bag.
Kyle Parke (27), of Heronshaw, Bushmills, was caught in Portrush last year.
Coleraine Magistrates Court was told a woman observed a male with a rucksack on a bicycle making off from her property. Earlier a patio door had been smashed and items including electronic devices were taken.
A prosecutor said the woman and a neighbour followed the bicycle tracks to the Dhu Varren area and police then located Parke pushing a bike and carrying a holdall containing stolen items.
Parke was taken to the Causeway Hospital where he was verbally abusive to police officers and threatened to assault officers.
When interviewed he claimed he had been visiting a friend in Portrush and had a flat tyre on his bicycle.
He alleged he found the rucksack and had intended to hand it in to police.
He denied being involved in a burglary but admitted a charge of receiving stolen goods.
Parke also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods after another burglary in Portrush.
A person was away for a number of days and returned home to find her property “totally ransacked” and items taken included electronic devices and jewellery.
The prosecutor said some of the stolen items had “huge sentimental value”.
Parke also admitted other charges including possessing cannabis.
He told police he had been “heavily addicted to drugs for a number of years”.
Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said drugs had been an issue for Parke from a young age but that he had been off drugs for a period of two months and had obtained a job in a restaurant.
Jailing Parke for six months, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill said the defendant had 69 previous convictions including burglary and handling stolen goods.