Jail for Hucknall thief who stole from sleeping pensioner

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A Hucknall man has been jailed for two and a half years for stealing from a sleeping pensioner.

David Julian Ward ( 34), of Lilac Road, pleaded guilty to burglary at Nottingham Crown Court.

The court heard that on 30th January 2014 the victim woke in the early hours of the morning to find Ward in his bedroom telling him he had been burgled.

Ward told the victim, who was known to him, that two people had broken into his house and he had seen them running away.

The victim discovered a pane of glass had been removed from his kitchen window and called the police.

He then discovered his wallet and £300 cash had been taken.

Witnesses later revealed that Ward had taken a hammer and a screwdriver from a friend’s house and gone out. A patrolling Police Officer later found the tools outside Ward’s house.

Upon speaking to Ward it was clear his story did not add up and he was arrested. Cards belonging to the victim were also found in Ward’s sock.

Nick Butler, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Ashfield, said: “This was an excellent example of patrolling officers using their initiative after finding the discarded tools and piecing it together with Ward’s elaborate lies.

“The tenacious and professional approach to this investigation by the Ashfield CID in partnership with local officers to secure a conviction and custodial sentence for Ward deserves due recognition and credit. All officers involved in this investigation worked tirelessly in what was a very complex and difficult investigation.

“The lasting impact of knowing someone has been in your home can take a long time to overcome and many people, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable, don’t feel safe for some time.

“I hope this sentence sends out a message that Nottinghamshire Police treat burglary very seriously and offenders can expect to be located and sent to prison.”