Lodger stole items from family

A lodger who repaid a family who gave him a home by stealing from them was jailed on Monday at Lincoln Crown Court.

Alan Ward was given accommodation by the Carver family at their home in The Meadows, Skegness, but attracted suspicion after an electronic notebook disappeared.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Ward was quizzed about the missing item and said he had taken it to his brother to update it.

Ward moved out two days later and afterwards a number of items were found to be missing including a computer games consoles, games and a DVD set.

Later the same month the family returned home to find their home had been burgled and more computer games equipment had been taken.

Mr Scott said Ward forced his way through a downstairs toilet window. Fingerprints found at the point of entry linked him to the break-in.

Ward was arrested later in West Yorkshire but in interview he denied having anything to do with the burglary.

But in court Ward, 23, of no fixed address, admitted burglary on 8 March 2011 and theft between 21 February and 4 March 2011.

He was jailed for 14 months. His sentence will run consecutively to a jail sentence of two years and 10 months imposed at Leeds Crown Court in April for offences of robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

Timothy Budd, defending, said Ward was motivated by his need to get money for drugs.

He told the court that Ward, who is a serving prisoner, had started to change his attitude to life after the incident which led to his conviction for aggravated vehicle taking.

“It almost killed him. He spent four days in a hospital intensive care unit. It shook him to the core.

“He has since shown and continues to show remorse and seeks to change his situation.”