Man who targeted elderly in Emsworth behind bars

A BURGLAR who targeted a string of sheltered housing complexes, including an Emsworth home has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Luke Banner, 25 left elderly residents disturbed and alarmed after breaking into five residential care homes and two other properties where elderly people live in Emsworth, Lee-on-the-Solent, Havant and Southsea.

The 20-year-old, who has a string of previous convictions, was caught after swiping money boxes, cash and jewellery during a two-month crime spree.

On December 13 Banner stole three rings from the home of a blind 89-year-old woman in Wickor Way, Emsworth.

Banner pleaded guilty to two house burglaries and five non-dwelling burglaries, and requested four more burglaries were taken into consideration.

Recorder Stewart Patterson told Banner: “You continue to display a complete disregard for the rights and welfare of your victims, despite work to try and increase your awareness of it. I cannot overlook the fact that elderly people being targeted by you are disturbed and alarmed by your activities.”