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Coventry burglar jailed

A Coventry burglar who deliberately targeted elderly victims has been jailed for six years.

51 year old Robert Evans, of Downtown Close in the Walsgrave area of the city targeted his elderly vulnerable victims by visiting sheltered accommodation across the city, gaining access and trying door handles.

On a number of occasions between Thursday 6 December and Sunday 16 December 2018, the 51-year-old managed to enter a number of rooms and stole money and sentimental jewellery.

An investigation was launched and Evans was identified through CCTV footage of him in action and peering through windows at various locations across Coventry.

DC Richard Walker from the Coventry High Harm team, said: “Evans callously identified his victims and purposefully targeted elderly and disabled people who he believed had a safe for their valuable possessions.

“He deliberately went to sheltered accommodation for the retired and elderly with the sole purpose of stealing from them and with the belief that he would have a number of opportunities to steal.

“I am happy to see this man behind bars for a crime that has affected vulnerable people’s lives in our community.”

Evans, who previously pleaded guilty to eight counts of burglary in December was jailed for six years at Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday (26 February).

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