A serial burglar has been jailed after shocking an 85-year-old woman in a confrontation in her own home while stealing £10.
Shane Brown, 30, pretended he was doing roofing work for his brother’s business after breaking through the roof of a pensioner’s house in South Back Lane, Bridlington.
The woman thought he was doing work and had no idea he was actually stealing money from inside the house after dropping through the loft.
Judge Simon Jack told Brown as he jailed him: “You were supposed to be working on a house when you went in to steal from an 85-year-old vulnerable victim. You were blatant. You have shown utter disregard for the rights of ordinary people and the courts.”
Brown, of Brookland Road, Bridlington, appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court (Monday October 12) after pleading guilty to five charges of burglary and one of theft while in breach of a five-month suspended prison sentence. He has a record of 18 criminal offences.
Crown barrister Charlotte Baines said Brown had burgled one house in Gypsy Road, Bridlington, three times in April this year.
She said he had ransacked the property stealing because he knew the female occupant was away. His haul included a child’s tractor, a 42 inch colour TV, a glass TV stand, a Nintendo Wii and washing machine.
She said the burglaries took place after he was given a five-month suspended prison sentence in March 2015 for offences including burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, making a false representation and possession of criminal property .
Ms Baines said Brown was on bail when he stole a £100 set of ladders belonging to the Bridlington NHS Trust. In August this year, Brown burgled a house in St John’s Road, Bridlington, stealing archery bows and arrows.
Defence barrister Nigel Clive said Brown, a father of a young son, had been remanded in custody and had been reflecting on his offending.
“He knows he must change,” said Mr Clive. He still has time. He is realistic. He concedes the custody threshold has been passed.”
Sentencing, Judge Simon Jack told Brown the case was aggravated by his criminal record especially because he had defied court orders.
He said he had been given two suspended sentences this year and was told at the time if he breached them they would be activated.
He said the woman whose home had been burgled three times could not cope with the mess he had left.
He jailed Brown for three years and eleven months. As Brown left court he shouted out to a woman in the public gallery:
“Don’t worry about it. If you want to, get on with your life.”