An elderly woman was burgled as she slept in her bed - just three weeks after falling victim to distraction thieves.
The 85-year-old had started taking her personal belongings to bed with her after falling victim to bogus officials in March this year, Preston Crown Court heard.
I can see you understand the awful nature of what you did to that elderly lady, and I was moved by a letter from your ex-partner
But on the night of April 5, burglar Stephen Staten targeted her Bispham home, where she lives alone, as she slept.
Staten, 48, of Claremont Court, North Shore, sneaked upstairs and stole her purse, containing £60, a mobile phone and keys, which she kept in her bedroom.
But today Judge Recorder Howard Bentham suspended his 18 months jail term for two years saying: “People who come before me for burglary usually go straight to prison.
“I’m going to give you a chance.
“I can see you understand the awful nature of what you did to that elderly lady, and I was moved by a letter from your ex-partner.”
Sarah Gruffyd, prosecuting, said: “When she woke and came downstairs she found her kitchen door was ajar and the kitchen window was smashed.
“Blood was found on the rear door.
“When tests came back it was a match to Staten.”
The court heard he had 17 previous matters for dishonesty.
Defending, Richard Archer said: “The defendant seems to be more positive about the future.
“He has put some of the pieces of his life back together since his guilty plea.
“He’s looking forward to addressing his problems with mental health.”