A labourer who went looking for extra work and ended up helping to burgle a house has avoided a prison sentence.
William Alan Hill-Leivers, of Manvers View, Boughton, had never been in trouble before but was brought before Mansfield magistrates admitting his part in entering the house on Church Road, Boughton, on 29th November.
The court was told how the 21-year-old had been with an associate knocking on doors in the area asking if residents wanted any handiwork doing. Witnesses saw the pair carrying a bucket to wash windows.
They came across a property belonging to an elderly couple who had gone out but accidentally left the keys in the outside of the door.
Prosecuting, Judith Kirkham, said the second man entered the property while Hill-Leivers stayed outside.
They took off with a handbag which only contained £8 in cash, so they returned and this time Hill-Leivers stood inside the doorway.
When a Red Cross charity collector came knocking the pair ran off, with Hill-Leivers dumping a laptop he had been handed on a wheelie bin outside the property.
Defending , Mary Dixon, said: “They were genuinely looking for work, and he got himself into something he clearly regrets.”
She said Hill-Leivers needed extra cash to support his pregnant partner and three children.
The court was told that police were looking at forensic evidence to determine the second man’s involvement.
It was alleged that the second man had produced a knife to force Hill-Leivers into the incident.
Hill-Leivers was given a community order, 40 hours unpaid work and made to pay £118 in costs and compensation.