A pensioner unable to move or speak laid helpless in bed as she watched a burglar break into the bedroom and stole his belongings.
The OAP from Devon was petrified when Dean Lennox, 40, wandered around the room stealing £90 in cash and three gold rings.
After suffering a stroke the elderly widow has not been able to move and is now bedridden, when the intruder left she tried to call for help but the thief had taken the batteries out from the phone.
He also stole a bus pass and wallet belonging to the pensioner’s late husband which she had saved to remember him by, they were found in a nearby car park.
Lennox was caught on motion-activated cameras which were handed over to police nine hours after the break in.
Detective Inspector Jennifer Rose from Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘We will go to great lengths to catch and convict those who commit these crimes.
‘In this case, within nine hours of the offence being committed, police had the suspect in custody and had recovered the stolen jewellery.
‘This was a multi-faceted approach by several departments and we are pleased that we could recover the stolen items, but also provide the family with some peace of mind that the suspect in this case has faced justice.’
Dean Lennox was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after admitting burglary at Exeter Crown Court.
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