Felixstowe: Jail term for burglar who offered victim a cup of tea

FELIXSTOWE: A burglar, who climbed through a window into a pensioner’s home at night and offered to make her a cup of tea before making off with her cash, has started his jail term.

The woman, who has since died, had gone to sleep in a chair in her sheltered accommodation in Reynolds Court, Felixstowe in August last year because a broken bone in her spine and arthritis prevented her sleeping in her bed, Ipswich Crown Court was told on Wednesday.

She was disturbed at around 3.30am by Glynn Davis who climbed in through a window and searched through her belongings while she was watching, said Godfried Duah, prosecuting.

“She was very scared and upset,” he said.

The court heard that before leaving the premises Davis had helped himself to a drink from the kitchen and had offered to make the woman a cup of tea.

Davis, 26, of Blyford Way, Felixstowe, admitted three offences of burglary and three offences of possessing criminal property and was jailed for four years.

Sentencing him Judge Rupert Overbury said Davis had targeted the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and had committed two of the burglaries at night.

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He said Davis had stolen cash and credit cards which were later used by his girlfriend Laura Jackson to get cash to feed their drug habits.

Jackson, 20, of Buregate Road, Felixstowe, admitted five offences of possessing criminal property and four offences of fraud and was sentenced to 38 weeks detention suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work in the community.

Mr Duah told the court that in addition to the burglary at Reynolds Court, Davis had broken into the home of a retired couple in Taunton Road, Felixstowe on September 4 while they were asleep and stole cash and credit cards.

Two days later he had broken into the home of another retired couple in New Road Trimley St Mary while they were out for a walk and stole a handbag and credit cards which were used by Jackson to withdraw �300 from a cash machine.

Christopher Paxton for Davis said his client felt remorse for what he had done and had not ransacked the properties he had burgled.

He said Davis had offered to make the woman who lived in the sheltered housing a cup of tea before making off with her money.

Roger Thomson for Jackson said she had sought help for her drug problem and had been drug free for several months.

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