Woman used dog to burgle pensioner’s home

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A WOMAN who used her pet dog to carry out a burglary at the home of a pensioner has been jailed.

A court heard Julie Penn used the animal to target the 77-year-old victim’s home on Lee Road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, on December 23 last year.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said the victim answered a knock on her door around 9am to find Penn standing there with the dog.

The dog ran inside the property and Penn then went in after it. Penn picked up a purse in the living but the victim challenged her about it.

Ms Gallagher said the dog ran upstairs and Penn again followed. Penn was inside the property for around 10 minutes before she left.

The victim later realised a wallet containing between £600 and £800 had gone missing. Ms Gallagher said the woman had saved the cash from her pension over the course of the year.

Penn, 38, of Harcliffe Road, Batley, was arrested the next day. She initially denied committing any offences but said her dog did run into the house. She later pleaded guilty to burglary and breach of a community order. The court heard she has a long history of committing burglary and offences of dishonesty.

Ms Gallagher said: “The Crown’s case is that she effectively used the dog as a means to get into the house.”

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, jailed Penn for 876 days for burglary and 28 days, to run consecutively, for breaching the community order.

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