Jail for burglar who took child’s money box with £3

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A ‘MEAN and nasty’ burglar stole a child’s money box containing £3 and a couple’s mobile phones from their bedsides as they slept.

Heroin addict Jonathan Lunn, aged 32, broke into a house on Eldon Street, Barnsley, where a couple were sleeping downstairs – because a court heard, their home had been burgled by him just weeks earlier.

Jailing Lunn for six-and-a-half-years at Sheffield Crown Court, Recorder Mr Martin Simpson said he was a prolific burglar who had committed 17 house burglaries in a decade and had complete disregard for other people.

He told Lunn: “You stole a child’s money box, which was a mean and nasty thing to do – that is particularly disdainful.

Talking about another burglary, he said: “Bedrooms are where people go to rest and seek solace from the difficulties of the world, it causes untold hurt afterwards.”

Lunn admitted three burglaries and asked for another four to be taken into consideration.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Lunn targeted a mid-terrace property on Eldon Street on Friday, November 4.

He said: “Robert Turner and his partner had been victims of a burglary.

“They thought it safer to sleep downstairs in their living room rather than upstairs in a bedroom.”

Mr Outhwaite said the pair were woken at 4am by a banging noise. Mr Turner went to investigate and was ‘shocked’ to see a man in the backyard.

Mr Outhwaite said Lunn – who had crept into the living room and stolen the couple’s phones worth £550 – fled, but dropped his own mobile.

He was caught when his concerned mother rang the phone, which was in police custody, because she was worried he had been out all night.

A footprint left at the scene was linked to Lunn.

In the second burglary, on Bridge Street, Barnsley, Lunn stole the child’s money box and a bottle of milk.

His victim said her son was obsessed with the fact his money box had been stolen.

Lunn was caught after leaving another footprint at the scene.

Mr Outhwaite said the third break-in was at a house in Wharncliffe Street, Barnsley ,on Bonfire Night.

Peter Lee returned from a party to find his home ransacked and a hi-fi, watches, phone and other property to the value of £1,300 missing.

Mr Outhwaite said Lunn, of no fixed address, had a lengthy record with 75 offences.

Paul O’Shea, mitigating, said Lunn had a history of heroin abuse.