A BURGLAR was caught after a member of the public filmed him targeting the home of an elderly couple posted the footage on Facebook.
Dean Ward, 36, was arrested after the information placed on the social networking site was brought to the police’s attention.
Ward stole a television during the break-in at the house on Royal Park Terrace, Hyde Park, Leeds, on June 29 this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard the home belonged to a 93-year-old man and his 83-year-old wife who Ward had previously befriended and knew were going to be out shopping at the time he targeted the house. During the break-in the elderly couple’s pet Jack Russell dog escaped and has not been since. The court heard a witness noticed Ward and another man acting suspiciously outside the property and filmed Ward entering the house wearing gloves.
Police went to the flat of Shane Coleman on Hyde Park Road later that day and found the stolen television. Both men were arrested the next day. Ward, of Harold Place, Kirkstall, pleaded guilty to burglary. The court heard he has a long history of offending including serving six years in jail for aggravated burglary.
Coleman pleaded guilty to two offences of handling stolen goods. The court heard police also found stolen property in Coleman’s flat on June 20. Those item belonged to his neighbour who had her home broken into on two separate occasions.
Lawyers for both man said their offending was linked to heroin addiction. Ward was jailed for 13 months. Coleman was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Alison Hunt told Ward: “You have left [the victims] distressed and no doubt they have found it more difficult to trust people now then before they met you.