Bungling burglar found tucked up in bed after downing vodka and soiling himself

A fisherman's burglary attempt ended with him getting battered and soiling himself as he passed out in the studio room he broke into.

Atis Elksnitis, 47, was hooked by police after the property's owner spotted him through a window tucked up in bed on March 1.

Truro Crown Court heard how Latvian-born Elksnitis travelled from Liverpool to Newlyn near Penzance, Cornwall for work but found the port shut due to a death at sea so began drinking.

Elksnitis pleaded guilty to burglary after breaking into the room, downing a bottle of vodka he found and used the home owner's coat to mop up a wine bottle he smashed.

Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife explained to the court how the studio room can only be accessed through the adjoining house or through an alley around the back of the property.

On March 1, 2021 the owner of the property was in her kitchen when she tried to enter the studio room to find it’d been locked from the inside.

Confused and concerned she and her son walked around the back and peered in through a window. They believed they could see someone in the bed so phoned the police.

Officers attended and went to the room and found the Elksnitis in bed, just as he began to wake.

The defendant, who had also defecated everywhere, was taken to the police station where he said he was depressed, cold and drunk when he found the unlocked cottage.

Elksnitis added that when inside he was “warm and happy” and fell asleep. He told the police he was going through a rough patch and was really sorry.

Giving a background about Elksnitis, Steve Butterworth from The Probation Service told the court that he is a skilled fisherman and travelled to Newlyn looking for work.

Mr Butterworth said: “He was essentially homeless having turned up thinking he’d get work immediately so needed somewhere to stay.

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“He expresses genuine remorse and although alcohol is an issue for him, he says he isn’t alcohol dependant.”

Sentencing Elksnitis, Recorder Andrew Oldland QC said: “You broke into someone’s house and went into a studio flat accessed through the address.

“The owner came back and couldn’t gain entry to the room. She looked through a window and saw you asleep on the bed. Police arrived to find you in bed in drink.

“You had stolen and drunk vodka from the property and spilt wine was partially mopped up with the owner’s coast. The owner described herself as being shocked, disgusted and upset.

“You are 47 and get into trouble when you drink.”

Recorder Oldland added that Elksnitis must have come to Cornwall immediately after release from a previous short, drink-related prison sentence.

He was jailed for 12 months.

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