A woman with a string of burglary offences to her name has been jailed after she carried out a further crime against a vulnerable victim who mistook her for a meals on wheels worker.
Sonia Eyres stole £510 cash from a 63 year old disabled man.
She has now been given three years jail by a judge who was told she had fallen back into a cycle of offending, being sentenced and landing back in trouble again.
Eyres, 42, of Park Road, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.
Lucy Wright, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the victim, who lived in Hambleton, needed help from carers four times a day.
On the morning of August 5 two carers went to his home and before they left, he asked them to leave the door on the latch. He was feeling unwell that day and wanted any visitors to let themselves in, so that he didn’t need to go to the door himself.
The carers reluctantly obliged. He was later sleeping in his room when he was woken by the presence of Eyres in his bedroom.
He didn’t know her and had not invited her in. Assuming she was an employee of the meals on wheels service, he asked her whether she was delivering a week’s worth of provisions for him.
In her basis of plea, Eyres accepted that she had failed to correct that assumption. She asked to use the toilet and left after that.
When the carers arrived at lunchtime, the man explained that a lady from meals on wheels had been. Knowing that wasn’t true, the carers searched the home and realised that a wallet was missing from the bedroom.
The police carried out an investigation and a forensic examination and there was very strong support of a match with trainers found at her home.
The defendant had committed nine previous offences of burglary in the past, said the judge. In February last year she was given a 30 month sentence for similar burglaries against the vulnerable.
Kevin Donnelly, defending, said she had used Class A drugs over a number of years, leaving her in poor physical and mental health.
In recent years she had fallen into a cycle of offending, being sentenced and then returning to offending within a short time of being released.
Mr Donnelly told the court “A report by probation says she responds well while receiving intensive support, but is then unable to maintain progress on her own.
“She starts taking drugs and needs money for it. She regards drugs as a form of self medication and has gone on to commit this sort of sneak burglary.
“Unless and until she finds the means of breaking that cycle the sad reality is she will continue to return to court. She has an appalling record.”
Judge Michael Byrne told her “This is a bad case. You took advantage of a vulnerable victim”.