A BURGLAR who disturbed an 86-year-old woman by going into her bedroom during his second break-in on the same night has been jailed for four years.
Mark Lynch (39) of Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of burglary.
Prosecutor Sally Cairns said both break-ins took place overnight on February 19-20 this year.
Lynch first broke into a house in Coalway Avenue, Sheldon, while the householder was asleep in bed and stole a laptop computer, purse, handbag, £60 in cash and bank cards.
He then moved on to a house in Charringworth Road, Solihull, where he woke the 86-year-old occupier after going into her bedroom.
Realising he had disturbed her, Lynch fled from the house empty-handed, having dropped the bank cards from the first raid in the garden.
But Lynch, who had previous convictions for offences of dishonesty including burglary, was arrested the next day, since when he has been remanded in custody, added Miss Cairns.
Kevin Grego, defending, conceded: “There is no alternative to an immediate custodial sentence.”
Lynch was given consecutive two-year sentences for the two burglaries by Recorder William Mousley QC.