A burglar who tricked his way into the home of a pensioner and stole her purse has been jailed for two and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Craig Revell was allowed in to the 70 year old’s home in Boston after asking to use the toilet.
Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said Revell , who had visited the victim’s home the previous day, then asked for a pen and paper.
While the victim was fetching the items he then stole her purse.
Miss Leonard said “She knew immediately that he had her purse but he denied he had it.
“She challenged him and there was a bit of a tussle.”
Revell fled with the money but was traced by police to the home of a former partner in Wellington Road, Boston, where he was detained.
Officer found £120 cash in a purse in the bedroom and when Revell was interviewed later he said he had a £50 a day heroin habit and owed money to a dealer.
Revell, 25, of no fixed address, admitted burglary of the property in Bartol Crescent, Boston, on June 27.
He also admitted offences of shoplifting at Boots and Oldrids as well as a further charge of theft of a pedal cycle.
Mark Knowles, defending, said Revell was ashamed of what he did.
He said Revell was homeless and needed help to sort out his life.
At the crown cpourt hearing, on Friday, September 19, Revell was also handed three-month sentences for each of the other thefts. These sentences will run concurrently with his prison spell for the Bartol Crescent burglarly.