A NEWQUAY heroin addict and prolific burglar has been jailed after he admitted breaking into two properties.
Daniel Pugh, 35, of Springfield Road, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Thursday for trial but changed his plea to guilty.
He admitted having broken into a flat on Berry Road in Newquay on June 28 and stealing money, a passport, a rucksack and other documents.
He also asked for another burglary, on July 10 at the Edgcumbe Hotel, to be taken into consideration for sentence.
James Taghdissian, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that burglary involved Pugh entering three rooms at the hotel through open windows, which were being occupied by six children on a school trip.
Pugh took bags, cash, iPods and mobile phone chargers from the rooms.
Mr Taghdissian said the rooms had been ransacked and the children must have been upset.
He said: "Newquay and Cornwall generally depend quite heavily on tourism so it has a wider impact on the local industry."
Mr Taghdissian said Pugh had numerous previous convictions for burglary and was on licence for a similar offence when he broke into the properties.
Sarah Vince, defending, said Pugh was in a cycle of being addicted to heroin, getting clean in prison and then succumbing to temptation when he was released because he did not have permanent accommodation.
She said: "He certainly is a very eloquent man because he is not suffering the effects of heroin.
"He understands the effects his offending has on the complainants and also on his family."
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, described Pugh as an "accomplished housebreaker" and sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison.