Burglar who preyed on OAPs is jailed

A PROLIFIC burglar who targeted the homes of elderly people in the Skegness area was jailed for four years at Lincoln Crown Court last week.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said that Mark Middleton tricked his way into the home of an 86 year old man in Windsor Crescent, Ingoldmells claiming to have called to repair his victim’s mobility scooter.

Middleton was given £60 to repair the scooter but while inside the man’s house he walked off with a wallet, cash and keys.

On the same day Middleton called at the home of an 85 year old woman in Simpson Court, Ingoldmells ringing the door bell and then walking straight in.

Mr Howes told the court “He said he had come to take her to a party. She was in her night dress. He then asked for change.”

Middleton left the woman’s property without taking anything.

The following day he carried out a similar offence against a 92 year old man living in Skegness Road, Wainfleet.

Mr Howes said “The victim saw the defendant walking down his driveway to his property. The defendant rang the bell and let himself in without invitation.

“He claimed he was from a nursing home. He asked the man if he wanted meals on wheels and then asked for change. The victim said he didn’t have any and the defendant left.”

Middleton, 42, of Witham Lodge, Alexandra Road, Skegness, admitted three charges of burglary committed earlier this month on July 18 and 19.

The court was told he had 10 previous convictions for house burglary and was only released from prison at the end of May.

Recorder Stuart Rafferty QC warned Middleton that if he continued to commit similar offences in the future he would simply go to jail for longer and longer periods.

He told Middleton “You will be waving goodbye to a large part of your life but I hope that one day you will be able to put this kind of offending behind you.”

Terry Boston, defending, asked for Middleton to be given credit for his early guilty plea.

“He has accepted his wrong doings,” he said.