Jail for homealone burglar
A burglar who made himself at home in his victim’s house now has his own new address.
Allan Snowball, 24, has been sent to jail for breaking into the Watkins family’s home in Wellington in July.
Security cameras in the Tawa house showed him patting the dog, having a shower, using hair dye, helping himself to a snack and watching television.
Porirua District Court judge Jan Kelly jailed Snowball for 18 months on Thursday, saying the victims felt violated. She said he was not suitable for home detention.
The judge had two medical reports from a psychologist and psychiatrist about Snowball’s mental health, but he had been found fit to plead.
She said he had a history of dishonest offending and a high risk of reoffending.
He had pleaded guilty to burglary, unlawfully taking a vehicle, three charges of theft and one of obtaining by deception.
In the days before the burglary, Snowball had run off with a taxi driver’s phone, an iPad from a Noel Leemings store, and a pair of jeans.
Once he had finished inside the victims’ home, he loaded up their car with goods and and took that.
A few days later he went into a Tawa hairdressers, got a haircut, then said he had left his wallet in the car. He walked out and never returned.
His lawyer, JD Dallas, told the judge the home burglary was amateurish, and Snowball had known he was on camera.
The Watkins family arrived home to find an open bottle of milk next to a blaring television – the first clue that all was not well in their house.
The family checked their security cameras and watched as Snowball smashed a window about 1.30pm on Thursday, July 7, and climbed into their home.
The camera footage showed Snowball making himself something to eat, watching television and drinking juice.
‘‘We watched him patting our dog and cat, then he got my mum’s hair dye and dyed his hair, and then wiped it on my dad’s shirt.
‘‘He had a shower and put my dad’s pants on and stuck my little brother’s sunglasses on his head.’’
After more than an hour at the property, he left with the keys to the family’s Nissan Maxima and ‘‘an armload of stuff’’, before driving off.