Leeds thief stole from his grandma

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A son who burgled his mother’s home and his seriously ill grandmother’s flat in Leeds on the same day has been jailed for two years.

Leeds Crown Court heard 24-year-old James McGrath climbed through a window at his mother’s house on Ambleton Approach, Gipton, in the middle of the day on September 1.

He stole three sets of keys, including keys to his grandmother’s flat in nearby Pembroke Grange. McGrath went there that afternoon and stole more than £200 in cash.


Prosecutor, Philip Adams said McGrath knew where his grandmother kept her cash as she had previously given him money. Mr Adams said the burglar alarm sounded after he broke into his mother’s house.

Mr Adams said: “He was outside in the street when his mother and his grandmother came home. The defendant was allowed to shower and change and he left that address at 2pm. He went straight to his grandmother’s flat about half-a-mile away. His 68-year-old grandmother was seriously ill at the time.”

Mr Adams said the family immediately suspected McGrath was involved. Police checked CCTV from nearby cameras and he had been filmed near both addresses at the time of the offences.

Mitigating, Sean Smith said: “At the time of the offences his benefits had been suspended and he had a significant addiction to cannabis and in order to fund that addiction he committed these offences.”

Jailing McGrath for two years, recorder Toby Wynn told him: “You must have hit rock bottom. when you broke into your mother’s house, stole keys and then broke into your grandmother’s flat, who I’m told was extremely ill at the time you stole from her.”