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Leeds burglar targeted elderly, students and Salvation Army

Nathan Carver.
Nathan Carver.

A career burglar broke into a Salvation Army building, a sheltered housing complex and a student halls of residence.

Nathan Carver was locked up for five years, four months over the offences in May and June this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Carver, 23, targeted an elderly resident’s home at a sheltered housing complex on Cleveley’s Court, Holbeck, on May 5 last year.

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The victim returned home to find her kitchen door open and property missing, including a mobile phone and shopping bag.

Carver was linked to the offence when his fingerprint was recovered from a window.

Carver then forced his way into a Salvation Army building, on Hunslet Hall Road, on May 12.

Volunteers arrived at the building to find computers missing.

Rooms had also been ransacked and other equipment had been stolen.

An envelope was found at the scene which contained Carver’s blood.

Carver also broke into Kirkstall Brewery halls of residence on June 19.

Rukhshanda Hussain, prosecuting, said a student arrived home to find Carver inside her property.

Carver said “I’m sorry” before running off with the victim’s bank cards.

Carver then used the bank cards on four occasions to buy items from local shops.

He was arrested after being recognised from CCTV footage of him entering the halls of residence.

The court heard Carver also broke into a car on June 29 and caused £200 worth of damage.

Carver, of Broadlea Hill, Bramley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to three offences of burglary, four of fraud and interfering with a vehicle.

Carver has six previous convictions for burglary.

Holly Betke, mitigating, said Carver had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage and accepted he must face a lengthy prison sentence because of his previous offending.

Jailing Carver, judge Christopher Batty said: “This was serious offending for someone with an appalling record.”