THIS is the chilling moment a bed-bound OAP who can’t move or speak watched in terror as a callous burglar crept around her home and stole her jewellery.
Dean Lennox, 40, disturbed his disabled and elderly victim after he broke into her sheltered accommodation and searched for valuables.
The bed-ridden pensioner could only watch in terror as Lennox prowled around her bedroom
Lennox has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison
The pensioner, who had previously suffered a stroke, watched in horror as Lennox stole rings, cash and even her late husband’s wallet.
Reliant on carers and family she was unable to raise the alarm or call for help after the burglar broke in during the early hours on May 20.
But Lennox’s criminal activities were recorded through motion-activated cameras installed in the elderly woman’s flat by her loved-ones.
He was arrested by police within hours after selling his haul to a local jewellers – giving them his name and address in the process.
Officers were able to swiftly recover all of the stolen items.
Lennox, of Torquay, Devon, admitted a charge of burglary and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison at Exeter Crown Court on June 21.
Footage of the burglary shows Lennox, dressed in a hooded top, trousers with cargo pockets and trainers, searching the victim’s bedroom using his mobile phone as a torch.
Lennox was caught on motion-activated cameras that had been installed in the pensioner’s flat
The elderly woman is seen staring at him, but unable to react.
Lennox soon notices the camera and turns it to the side before trying to remove the batteries and connections to other recording devices in the flat.
Lennox stole £90 in cash and three gold rings.
He even took a wallet and bus pass belonging to the victim’s late husband, which she had kept for sentimental reasons.
These were found by officers discarded in the car park of the sheltered accommodation.
The victim broke down in tears when police arrived.
Detective Inspector Jennifer Rose, head of the department, said: “We want this incident and the police’s response to send a clear message to those who choose to target vulnerable people within our society.
“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.”