The woman heard the sound of breaking glass and called the police.
Leeds Crown Court sentenced Vijay Ram, 34, of no fixed address, to 27 months imprisonment for breaking into his sister’s home in Armley.
The Court heard that Ram had raided his sister’s house on two occasions in the span of a week during July 2018.
Ram initially went to live with his sister after spending two years in prison for multiple burglaries at properties in Leeds City Centre.
This included an attempt to kick down the door of a flat at Britannia House while the resident was inside, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
After a disagreement with his sister, Ram moved out of her home.
The burglar returned to the property on Thursday, July 12, 2018, and used a screwdriver to break a lock to gain access.
He stole over £800 worth of items which included electrical items, tools and two rings.
Ram later sold them at a local Cash Converters store.
The victim contacted police about the burglary but was unaware that it was her brother who committed the crime.
She was too upset to stay in the property and went to stay with friends.
Ram returned to his sister’s property on Monday, July 16, 2018, while she was inside. The woman heard the sound of breaking glass and called the police.
The burglar was confronted by his sister on the stairs as he was holding a bag that he intended to steal from the property.
Ram already told the victim that he already sold the things he stole in the first raid on the house.
Before he could escape, officers arrived and subsequently, arrested Ram.
Ram pleaded guilty to two burglary offences at Leeds Crown Court.
Mark Foley, mitigating, said:
“He committed these offences to fund his drink, cannabis and gambling habits.”
The Court heard that Ram managed to find a job after leaving prison but “went back to his old ways” following the death of his father.
Ram’s actions affected his sister because she was too distressed to return to work.
Judge Geoffrey Marson said:
“It clearly had a profound effect on her because she could not sleep there at night and had to have time off work.
“There is no excuse for committing these offences.”