Sneak-in thief twice targeted elderly victim

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A burglar was captured on camera stealing cash from an elderly, disabled man’s home.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, last Monday, how Joseph O’Sullivan, 70, of St John’s Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, twice sneaked into the victim’s unlocked home before escaping with money.

Becky Allsop said: “The victim was an 83-year-old man who gets about by means of a mobility vehicle and he has to have it in his home to plug it in and to do that he needs to leave his door insecure.

“His family noticed that small amounts of change were going missing from his home so they installed a camera and Joseph O’Sullivan was seen stealing £6 for alcohol and tobacco.

“While he was on bail for this offence he went back to the property and was caught on camera stealing £9.”

O’Sullivan pleaded guilty to the two burglaries which happened in October and November.

Jon Barber, defending, said the circumstances were unusual because O’Sullivan knows the victim and he has made it clear that he would never hurt him.

But Mr Barber explained O’Sullivan had helped himself to money but never considered the offences burglaries.

Mr Barber added: “Because the victim is elderly and vulnerable, I anticipate this matter will need to be sent to crown court.”

Magistrates committed O’Sullivan’s case to Derby Crown Court for sentencing on February 17. O’Sullivan was granted bail on the condition he does not have any contact with the victim.