Man jailed for burgling Leamington pensioners

By Kevin Unitt Thursday 27 September 2012 Updated: 28/09 08:43

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Shane Redgrave, jailed for a total of five years. (s)

A MAN has been jailed after burgling the homes of two kind-hearted pensioners on successive days after trying to rob a vulnerable victim in the street weeks earlier.

At Warwick Crown Court Shane Redgrave, 29, of Sitwell Avenue, Long Itchington, pleaded guilty to all three offences and was jailed for a total of five years.

Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that on July 23 a 52-year-old man went into the Cash Converters shop in Leamington town centre to buy an i-Phone for his daughter.

In the shop he was approached by Redgrave who offered to get him one cheaper, but he turned down the offer and bought one from the shop for £270, which he counted out from about £1,000 which he had on him at the time.

He became aware of Redgrave following him, as he made his way to the railway station, and there was a scuffle between the two which others witnesses and police were called.

But when officers arrived, the victim, who had suffered a heart attack 18 months before, could not communicate very well so Redgrave - who claimed he was the one who had been assaulted - was allowed to go.

Then on August 9 an 80-year-old woman was tending her garden in Clapham Square, when Redgrave turned up and asked her for a drink of water.

She recognised him as someone who had been there before asking for water, so allowed him to follow her inside where he had a drink and asked to use the toilet.

When he had left and cycled off down an alleyway she found her purse containing £90 in cash and bank cards had been stolen, so she alerted the police who found a discarded drinks bottle with Redgrave’s fingerprints on it.

The following day Redgrave knocked on the door of a home in Portway Close, asking a 79-year-old man, who had recently suffered a heart attack, for a drink.

Leaving Redgrave on the step, the pensioner went to get a drink, but when he returned he found him in the living room.

He cycled off and it was later discovered a wallet with £160 in it, plus gold chains belonging to the victim's late wife, had been stolen.

When Redgrave was arrested he still had the wallet, cash and one of the chains on him.

Rebecca Nieto, defending, conceded said Redgrave felt significant remorse and shame over his actions.

But jailing Redgrave, Recorder Richard Atkins QC told him his crimes had been “miserable, mean and nasty”, adding: “People of this age should be entitled to live in their homes without people like you coming along.”

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