A BURGLAR who tried to disguise himself with a plaster for a night-time raid has been jailed.

The victim came face to face with Alex Hartwig, 28, in her home near Fulford Road Police Station at 7.40pm on January 20, said Rob Galley, prosecuting at York Crown Court.

"What do you think you are doing?", she said, when she walked into her dining room and saw the intruder.

He fled with her iPad, scaling a six-foot yard wall to get away, but she gave a detailed description of him to the police, including the fact that he had a white plaster on his face.

Hartwig removed the plaster shortly after his escape, but a policeman had seen him with it earlier in the evening and he was arrested.

Hartwig, who was living near the burgled house at the time, but is now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary. He has previous convictions for burglary, starting when he was 15.

The Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC told him: "You were only some five feet from the lady of the house. This must have been for her, I have no doubt, a terrifying experience."

He jailed Hartwig for three years, saying that the burglar had targeted the house. He heard that Hartwig had been on police bail at the time for an unrelated matter.

"You had taken some steps to disguise what you were about, putting a plaster on your face and removed it after the burglary," the judge said.

For Hartwig, Chris Moran said: "At the time of the burglary his life was again spiralling out of control."

Hartwig had gone straight for a time after his release and worked on a fixed term contract in a local factory,.

But when that came to an end, he had slipped back into drug use, using heroin and Valium.

He was remorseful for his actions and had told his mother where he had put the iPad for her to tell the police. However, police had not yet located the iPad.

Mr Galley said the burglar got into the house via its back yard, which was surrounded by a six-foot high wall.