A BURGLAR struck at the home of an 82-year-old man while the vulnerable pensioner was in hospital after being diagnosed with dementia.
John Moore stole jewellery belonging to the widower’s late wife during the raid on the OAP’s home in Beeston, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Moore, 40, of Bude Road, Beeston, also took ornaments and a 24in flat screen television and sold it at Cash Converters.
Moore told police he committed the burglary because of problems with his benefits and he needed cash.
He was jailed for two years after admitting burglary.
Prosecutor Spencer Batiste said the pensioner, who has lived in the house for 60 years, was taken to hospital on February 27 after becoming confused. His son discovered the burglary after visiting his father’s home on March 1.
Moore was arrested on March 12 after police recovered traces of his DNA from a drinks bottle he had left at the scene of the burglary.
Mr Batiste said: “He accepted he took the TV and took it to Cash Converters and got £25 for it. Police went there and recovered the TV. He said he needed cash because his benefits had been stopped and he had no money.”
The court heard Moore has a string of convictions for burglary dating back to 1986 and had served a seven year jail sentence for aggravated burglary.
Michael Walsh, mitigating, said: “The offence is an unsavoury one. It’s not only an invasion of someone’s property, but it’s an invasion of their personal life.
“In this case, it impinges on the complainant’s feelings.”
Jailing Moore for two years, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told him: “If you commit an offence of burglary at the home of someone like this, particularly with your background, you really must expect to do the time.”