A “career criminal” who went on the run after being recalled to prison last year has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for a spate of burglaries in Halifax, Preston and Manchester.
In September last year 48-year-old Neville Elliott got into the Halifax home of a 67-year-old pensioner in the dead of night, but “tricked” his victim into thinking he was a police officer investigating a break-in.
When the pensioner asked for identification Elliott fobbed him off by saying it was in his car and he brazenly asked his victim to make him a cup of coffee after the unsuspecting complainant checked to make sure that cash had not been stolen from his wallet and desk.
Prosecutor David Lampitt said it was while the pensioner was making the drink that Elliott stole the £400 that had been in the desk and a further £45 from the wallet.
Elliott then said he was going to check out the cellar where the “break-in” had happened, but he never came back and the victim alerted the police.
Earlier this year the pensioner died without providing a victim impact statement, but today Elliott, of Salisbury Place, Boothtown, Halifax, was given a four-and-a-half year jail sentence after pleaded guilty to the burglary charge.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Elliott should have been recalled to prison last October, but he went on the run prompting the police to issue his photo in June in a bid to track him down.
While on the run Elliott carried out four more house burglaries in Preston and Manchester and today he received concurrent three-year prison sentences for each of those offences which he also admitted.
Elliott stole thousands of pounds worth of property in the burglaries and one woman returned to find her home had been ransacked.
Solicitor/advocate Tom Rushbrooke, for Elliott, said his client estimated that he had spent 24 of his 48 years in prison and he struggled to cope when he was released from jail.
The court heard that Elliott committed offences to pay for drugs and Recorder Gurdial Singh dismissed suggestions that the crimes where “a cry for help”.
The judge said Elliott had an appalling record of offences including burglary and he was only interested in himself and his drugs.