Burglars jailed after targeting elderly’s homes

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A gang of burglars has been jailed after targeting the homes of pensioners including a 92-year-old Scarborough woman.

The thieves entered elderly people’s homes pretending to be checking water supplies.

A 78-year-old woman was persuaded to empty the cupboard under the sink in her Pickering home by one man, while £280 was taken from a bag in her bedroom by a second.

York Crown Court was told that hours before distracting that victim on April 5, this year, Martin McDonagh, 23, had climbed through the window of the Buck Inn, in Whitby.

The Pickering burglary was committed with Daniel Conners, 22, but McDonagh had been in the company of others, who were not identified, when he talked his way into the home of a 92-year-old woman in Wilkinson Flats, Seamer Road.

He left with nothing after she told him she couldn’t bend down to her sink cupboard.McDonagh then knocked on a neighbour’s door, a retired female, who showed him out after becoming suspicious.

The court heard the 92-year-old was left feeling nervous, adding “no one should have to feel like that in their own home”.

McDonagh, of Leeds, appeared for sentencing, having admitted four charges of burglary. Conners, of Leeds, admitted one burglary. Jailing both for 30 months, Recorder Jamie Hill QC told them everyone, particularly the elderly, had a right to feel safe in their own home.