Burglar who targeted elderly jailed

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Patrick Nolan sentenced to five years in jail

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Issued on 19/5/17 at 10:50 a.m.

A prolific offender who burgled the homes of two elderly people has been jailed for five years.

Patrick Nolan, 35, of Pickwell Close, Leicester, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (17 May) at Leicester Crown Court to two counts of burglary.

He was sentenced to five years in prison for each count, sentences to run concurrently. The judge also issued a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order, this will prohibit him from entering any dwellings without permission. The order will come into effect upon release from prison.

The offences occurred in October 2016 in Leicester and Anstey. During the first incident the 87-year-old victim came across Nolan in her kitchen, she challenged him and he claimed that he was looking for his cat. He left the house after stealing two purses.

During the second incident the 96-year-old victim answered the door to Nolan who claimed he was collecting scrap metal for a neighbour and needed to access the rear of the property. The victim later discovered that her purse containing cash and bank cards had been stolen.

PC Lee Cannings from the force’s burglary targeting team, said: “Both victims were left extremely distressed by the incidents, Nolan had no regard for the impact his actions would have on the elderly victims.

“We are pleased that he has pleaded guilty to the offences and he now faces a lengthy term in prison for his callous crimes.

”We would like to take this opportunity to remind people to always check the identity of visitors, if they are not able to produce identification, don’t let them in. If they’re a genuine caller they won’t mind you verifying their identity with the organisation they are claiming to represent. Ensure you always keep your doors and windows locked, even if you’re at home. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street contact 101 and report your concerns.”

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