Teen burglar jailed after preying on vulnerable man in Cambridgeshire
A 19-year-old burglar who preyed on a vulnerable man in Cambridgeshire has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Sullivan Lee visited the man, who is in his 60s and in poor health, on November 20 after he had advertised chickens for sale.
He spent an hour at the house in Mildenhall Road, Fordham, but left without buying any.
Lee returned later that day and, while the man was in his back garden speaking with another potential buyer, smashed his way into the house through a downstairs window.
He stole £600 in cash, jewellery of sentimental value, a pair of binoculars and cigarettes.
Once the victim discovered he had been burgled, he phoned police, who identified Lee as responsible through CCTV images at the property.
Lee was arrested six days later in Schole Road, Willingham.
He was jailed on December 23 at Cambridge Crown Court,
Lee, of Leicester Road, Market Harborough, was jailed on December 23 at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to burglary.
Det Con Zoe Patten, who investigated, said: “Lee posed as a potential customer to gain the man’s trust and to scout his home.
“It was a callous crime which left a vulnerable man nervous in his own home but I hope the sentencing provides some closure for him and reassurance for the public.”
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