Burglar who confronted 75-year-old jailed for five years

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A burglar who confronted a 75-year-old man in his own home has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Craig Fellows walked into the victim’s home in Queens Drive, Skegness, in broad daylight and made his way into the lounge where he found himself face to face with the householder.

Alistair Munt, prosecuting, said Fellows sat on the floor and then walked over to sit in front of the bay window.

He was told to get out but then asked for £10 to pay his fare to Mablethorpe and when he was refused money he asked for cash to cut the old man’s grass.

Mr Munt said that the incident ended when the 75-year-old managed to push Fellows outside.

Fellows then went to Royal Oak Terrace at Winthorpe where he broke into a static caravan and stole a laptop and £300 cash. He fled but was identified from CCTV film as he ran from the site.

Fellows was traced and arrested and officers then discovered he was wanted for two earlier burglaries carried out in his home village near Barnsley as well as thefts from garden sheds.

Fellows, 44, of Manor Drive, Royston, Barnsley, admitted burglary with intent to steal at Queens Drive, Skegness, and burglary of the caravan at Winthorpe. He admitted two charges of burglary and two charges of theft in the Barnsley area. All of the offences were committed in July. Fellows also admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed by Barnsley magistrates for theft.

The court was told he had convictions for 116 previous offences.

Matthew Lowe, defending, said Fellows admitted all of the offences at the earliest opportunity.

“He has significant and long-standing issues relating to the use of alcohol and the taking of class A drugs,” he said.

Recorder Timothy Spencer QC, passing sentence on Friday, told him: “You have an extremely bad record. You committed these offences knowing what the consequences were if you were caught.”