Honeymooners’ home burgled by drug addict

Court News.
Court News.

A burglar who raided the home of a couple while his victims were on their honeymoon has been jailed for 21 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Andrew Seward stole a safe containing £400 cash together with a number of other items before making his way from the property.

Mark Watson, prosecuting, said the raid was discovered later when members of the victims’ family called to check on the house.

Mr Watson said: “They could see the house had been broken into.

“A front door panel had been taken off and inside the property there had been a search.”

Jewellery and watches were taken as well as the safe which included important personal documents. Police later discovered that Seward had returned to the house by taxi and collected the safe and a holdall.

The safe was later found under a bridge at Addlethorpe.

Mr Watson said the burglary had a severe effect on members of the family.

The court was told that Seward had 34 previous convictions for a total of 57 offences.

Seward, 30, of Morris Gardens, Skegness, admitted burglary of the house on the Barnack Estate, Burgh le Marsh on February 3.

David Eager, defending, said Seward travelled to Burgh to look for his girlfriend.

He said the burglary was a spur of the moment offence committed when Seward walked past the victims’ property.

Mr Eager said that Seward had a drugs problem but added that he was not a persistent house burglar.