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A ginger moggie spooked a bungling thief by appearing in the window as he tried to find a way inside a house, CCTV footage has shown.
Mark Lawson, 42, crawled around the back garden of a house in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, on his hands and knees.
Footage showed Lawson approach the kitchen door of the house at 6.30am on March 16.
Looking up, he saw the ginger tom watching him through the glass. Lawson suddenly jumped up and ran away after an alarm sounded.
Lawson, who was wearing a wooly hat and a scarf over his face, had alerted an intruder alarm which notified the homeowner of his presence.
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He was arrested nearby and handed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years at Nottingham Crown Court after admitting attempted burglary on October 13.
Lawson, from Nottingham, was also sentenced to a total of six months in prison, suspended for two years, for three counts of handling stolen goods.
He was ordered to undergo treatment for drug dependency and pay a victim surcharge of £149.
Detective Constable Christopher Copley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: 'Lawson had every intention of breaking in the home of a family as they slept upstairs and was foiled only by modern technology.
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'The swift and calm actions of the homeowner, who was understandably concerned for the safety of his family, allowed us to catch up with this offender almost immediately.
'A Response Team from West Bridgford quickly attended the location, arrested Lawson and did an excellent job of securing evidence.
'I am pleased he has now been punished and hope he uses this opportunity to change his future behaviour.
'This case should also serve as a reminder of the potential benefits of modern CCTV phone apps, which can be used to alert residents to everyone who approaches their home.'
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