Burglar targeted Leeds care home to steal from residents

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A BURGLAR targeted a care home for elderly people suffering from dementia and stole a television belonging to one of the residents.

Robert Hemingbrough’s offence was described as “dreadful” by a judge at Leeds Crown Court who jailed him over the offence at Hillcrest residential home in Armley, Leeds.

Hemingbrough, 40, was given a sentence of two years and 11 months for the break-in which was carried out on February 2 this year. Richard Canning, prosecuting, said Hemingbrough and another man targeted the home, which looks after people with dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers, late at night.

The pair climbed a six-foot fence before going up a fire escape into a room on the third floor. They then stole a flat screen television worth £200 belonging to an elderly resident who was not in the room at the time.

Hemingbrough and his accomplice were spotted by staff and police were called. Hemingbrough was arrested nearby and told officers: “I am a criminal and I have been up to no good.”

The court heard he was subject to a 12-month community order at the time which was imposed for shoplifting and handling stolen goods.

Hemingbrough, of Moorfield Grove, Armley, pleaded guilty to burglary and breach of a community order.

The court heard he had 31 convictions for 50 offences.

Natalie Banks, mitigating, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and accepted he faced a lengthy prison sentence.

Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You and another man decided to target this home. There were a number of elderly people in there suffering the diseases of age - dementia and the like. Yet you went into one of their rooms and stole a TV and off you went with it.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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