A burglar who tried to swim back to the mainland with a rucksack full of stolen goods was pulled out of Deep Water Bay by marine officers. Wong Siu-leung, 24, wrapped the stolen articles in plastic bags inside the rucksack before setting off, government lawyer Bianca Cheng Wing-yu told the District Court yesterday. The articles included a video camera, a wallet, three cameras and more than $2,450 cash. The property was dry when Wong was arrested. Judge Duncan Kilgour jailed Wong for three years after he admitted three charges of burglary and one of illegally remaining in the territory. 'Don't be foolish and come back again, otherwise the punishment will be more severe. Freedom on the mainland is better than prison in the SAR,' Judge Kilgour told the defendant, who had been jailed in 1995 for being in Hong Kong illegally. Under caution, the defendant said he sneaked into Hong Kong from Shenzhen on September 25 last year by hiding under a lorry. He admitted stealing from three homes in Lai Chi Kok and Tsuen Wan a few days after his arrival. During one break-in, Wong dined on two mooncakes, fruit and red wine before escaping, the court was told. A month later, he decided to swim back to China with his booty. His lawyer, Godwin Chan Kwok-hung, said the defendant wanted to come to Hong Kong to look for work because he was unemployed in Shenzhen.