A sneak-in burglar has been jailed for 40 months after leaving OAP victims nervous in their Chesterfield homes because of his crime spree.
Derby Crown Court heard last month how drug user Simon Pickard, of Tapton View Road, Chesterfield, raided 14 houses where he found doors unlocked during six months.
Victims included women aged 79 and 90.
Judge Jonathan Gosling told him: “Your offending caused terrible trauma and distress.
“You stole a leather pouch and watches which were irreplaceable and of enormous sentimental value.”
Pickard, 36, admitted burgling the home of a 79-year-old woman on Old Hall Road on August 6. He took £30 from the kitchen, according to the court, in a leather pouch, described as a family heirloom.
After being arrested, Pickard pointed out other homes he had raided. He admitted one burglary and had 13 others taken into consideration.
The court heard how on two occasions, Pickard left empty-handed because he was disturbed by occupants. In others, he largely took cash. He has 42 previous convictions but none for burglary. Justin Atkinson, mitigating, said Pickard had been trying to find gardening work to finance his heroin habit. He said Pickard was remorseful and had not targeted the elderly but had committed opportunistic, sneak-in burglaries.