A BURGLAR broke into his 75-year-old neighbour’s home and stole her collection of Royal Wedding and Jubilee coins – and was caught when his mum called police.
Daniel Ford, of Zamor Crescent, Thurcroft, Rotherham, climbed into Barbara Oliver’s flat through a window before stealing the coins.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the incident left the OAP feeling scared to leave her home, fearing Ford – who had previous convictions for a string of similar offences –would break in again.
Jailing Ford, aged 23, Judge Roger Keen QC said: “Somebody with your antecedents can’t break into the home of your 75-year-old neighbour and not go to prison.”
Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said Mrs Oliver was out at the time of the burglary on Tuesday, July 24, having locked her ground-floor flat but left a bedroom window open for air.
She said Linda Heft, Ford’s mother, was in her garden when she noticed movement in Mrs Oliver’s bedroom.
Ms Swain said Mrs Heft called police and Ford was arrested.
The coins were found in his pocket and the tin in a nearby alleyway.
In interview, Ford said he had downed up to eight cans of lager and a bottle of Lambrini on the day and had been inside Mrs Oliver’s flat previously to do odd jobs.
In a victim statement, Mrs Oliver said: “I feel frightened to leave my propert in case Ford breaks in again.”
Dermot Hughes, for Ford, said he was a recovering alcoholic who was now ‘free of drink and embracing sobriety’ and ashamed of the crime.
Ford admitted burglary and was jailed for a year.