A TEENAGE burglar who climbed through a window into an 89-year-old woman’s bedroom as she slept left her so scared she has been forced to move out of her home.
Connor Gregory, aged 18, of Plowright Close, Gleadless, Sheffield, broke into the pensioner’s flat on Bushey Wood Road, Dore, stealing her jewellery, handbag and a TV.
In a statement to Sheffield Crown Court, the woman said: “It was such a horrible feeling being burgled that I made the decision I had to sell the flat as quickly as possible in order to move out and move on. You hear all the time of people being hurt during burglaries. The thought of being hurt if I had woken has never left me.”
Gregory clambered through the bedroom window in the middle of the night.
He sold her TV for £80 at Cash Converters, he admitted. He discarded her jewels.
She discovered she had been burgled in the morning when she woke up.
Michael Tooley, prosecuting, said Gregory was helped through the window by an accomplice. His fingerprints were found on the frame.
Gregory admitted taking part in the raid. He had previous convictions for burglary and was a cannabis user.
Richard Jepson, defending, said Gregory felt ‘genuine remorse’ over the break-in .
“This was not a planned offence. They saw an opened window and took a chance. He didn’t think anyone was in.”
But the judge, Simon Lawler QC, said: “I don’t accept you didn’t realise it was occupied. It was in the middle of the night. Mercifully the lady was not disturbed.”
Gregory swore as he was sentenced to 15 months in a young offenders’ institution.