A burglar stole a will belonging to a 73-year-old victim during a night time raid on his home at a sheltered housing complex.
Richard Alexander, 40, was jailed for 13-and-a-half months over the burglary at Colville Terrace, Beeston.
Going into someone’s house in the early hours of the morning and stealing from them is a very serious offence and something that every householder fears might happen to them.Recorder Anton Lodge, QC
Alexander forced his way in through the front door of the property in the early hours of November 3 last year as the victim was asleep in bed,
He stole documents including the victim’s will and a passport along with credit cards, a wallet, cash and a mobile phone. He also took the victim’s television before leaving with the stolen items in a pillow case. Alexander used the mobile phone to ring for a taxi which picked soon after the break-in, Police were able to trace the phone after being informed about the burglary.
The taxi driver told officers he had been suspicious after Alexander had got into the taxi with a pillow case and television. Alexander was traced to his home on Noster View, Beeston.
Some of the stolen items from the raid were found at his home. Alexander pleaded guilty to burglary. He has previous convictions for burglary and supplying drugs.
Martin Sleight, mitigating, said Alexander was full of shame for what he had done. He said much of Alexander’s offending had been fuelled by his addiction to heroin.
The barrister said Alexander had managed to stay free of the drug for a long time but had returned to using it shortly before the offence after a family tragedy.
Recorder Anton Lodge, QC, said: “Going into someone’s house in the early hours of the morning and stealing from them is a very serious offence and something that every householder fears might happen to them.”