Serial thief jailed for burgling 92-year-old Saltdean pensioner

Posted On 29 Jan 2015 at 12:43 pm

A serial burglar has been jailed for more than four years for breaking into a 92-year-old woman’s Saltdean home and stealing hundreds of pounds worth of cash and jewellery.

The vulnerable victim screamed when she walked from her kitchen into her lounge and came face to face with an intruder at 12.40pm on 15 July last year.

She dialled 999 and Feeney, 51, fled from the flat in Lustrells Vale with hundreds of pounds in cash and silver and gold jewellery.

Feeney had broken into her home through the front door and then secured the door with a bolt. Crime scene investigators found his DNA on the bolt and were able to prove it belonged to the burglar.

Feeney, of Stirling Close, London, who already had nine previous convictions for burglary, was jailed for four years and four months after pleading guilty to burglary at Lewes Crown Court on 13 January.

Detective Constable Scott Elmer said: “Feeney left his victim terrified when he broke into her house in the middle of the day.

“He targeted a vulnerable pensioner and left her traumatised by her ordeal. She remained brave throughout the investigation but sadly died in December before she could see justice being done.

“Thanks to good work by crime scene investigators and detectives, Feeney is now serving a sentence of more than four years in prison and cannot cause anyone else further misery.”

The conviction comes as a result of Sussex Police’s Operation Magpie to combat burglary.

Other notable recent successes include:

William Cooley

William Cooley

– the jailing of William Cooley, 31, for getting into part of the Hobgoblin pub in York Place twice on 30 November. Cooley, of North Road, Brighton, was jailed for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary.

– the charging of Dean Vanstone, 46, with handling stolen goods after an Apple Macbook was stolen from a home in De Montfort Road, Brighton, in October. Vanstone, of Bonchurch Road, Brighton, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 5 February.

– the charging of Alfie Tossell, 19, with a burglary in North Road, Portslade, in August. Tossell, of Ringmer Road, Worthing, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (29 January).

– the charging of Fernando Olmedillo with burglaries in Hartington Road, Marine Parade and Atlingworth Street, Brighton, as well as possession of a Class B drug and possession of pepper sprays. Olmedillo, of Atlingworth Street, Brighton, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (29 January).

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If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners – and so the offenders can be prosecuted.

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  1. feline1 Reply

    I bet you any money he’s a junkie who burgles to get the money for drugs. And now they’ve locked him up again in a prison, full of drugs. And when he gets out he’ll still be an addict and will start burgling all over again. Genius!

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