A burglar has been jailed fter stealing a safe containing £3,000 and a pensioner’s will and funeral plans.
Glen Wright, aged 47, told police: “I wanted the money to buy new carpets and kitchen equipment for my flat.”
Wright, who did his first break-in at the age of 13, destroyed the will and funeral details – which were of ‘sentimental’ value – and had caused the victim ‘trauma’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
He took keys to the property on Philadelphia Gardens, Upperthorpe, using a spare set of keys his victim had left with his partner of the time.
When officers searched Wright’s home on Tipton Street, Brightside, they found the broken safe and £2,950 in cash in a bin liner, the court heard.
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said he admitted letting himself into the property with the intention of stealing money or goods.
“He began to look round, found the safe upstairs, put it in a bin liner and left,” she added.
He had used a screwdriver and hammer to smash open the safe, which contained his victim’s elderly mum’s will and funeral plans.
Andrew Smith, representing Wright, who admitted burglary, said he been a painter and decorator for years, but was in ill health and had been forced to give up his job.
“It is against this background that he reverted to type,” said Mr Smith.
Wright told police during his interview he had not known there was a safe in the house and the break-in was ‘opportunistic’.
Jailing him for two years, Recorder Paul Reid said: “It was a deliberate and cynical effort to obtain money. You wanted to improve your own flat.
“You were doing and the impact it would have.”
The judge said Wright had destroyed documentation of ‘sentimental’ value and crime had caused ‘quite clear trauma’.