A burglar who raided the home of an elderly neighbour was jailed for two years at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.
Gary Gosling broke into his victim’s home on Tawney Street, Boston, in the early hours of the morning while the pensioner was in bed.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the victim woke just after 3am to find lights on in his home. He went to investigate and discovered he had been burgled.
Gosling took a number of items including electrical goods, alcohol and two lap top computers. He then took the items back to his own property where he stashed them in his bedroom.
Gosling, 24, of Tawney Street, admitted burglary on the night of September 13.
Recorder Mark Rhind told him: “What happened has caused irreparable damage to your victim who at this time of life had the right to feel secure and safe in his own home.”
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Gosling was full of remorse for what he did. “Drink is the root cause of his problems,” he said. “He was an alcoholic drinking 10 cans of bitter a day. On this occasion he was in drink and had taken medication. He has very little recollection of events that night.
“He had no idea that this house was occupied by an elderly man.”