A BURGLAR who raided the home of an 86-year-old pensioner while she slept has been jailed for 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Levi Emmanuel entered the woman's home in Monteith Crescent, Boston during the early hours as a 17-year-old boy kept watch outside.
Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said the woman's son was staying overnight at her home and heard noises just after 5am.
He went downstairs to check and also looked outside but could not find anything wrong.
Later it was discovered that the pensioner's handbag had been taken along with her son's wallet. £280 was missing as well as a mobile phone, sun glasses and jewellery.
Police later viewed a neighbour's CCTV and identified two men wearing hoodies running away from the area.
Officers identified Emmanuel as being involved and later visited a property in Judge Close, Boston, from where they recovered some of the stolen property. A wedding ring, which was a family heirloom passed down from the victim's mother-in-law, has never been traced.
Emmanuel, 21, of Ingram Road, Boston, and the 17-year-old boy each admitted burglary on August 10, 2012. The boy was given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order with supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a three month night time curfew between 8pm and 7am.
Judge Sean Morris told them: "Your victim was an elderly lady of 86 years of age. You have probably broken this woman's heart. You two should hang your heads in shame."
Beris Brickles, for Emmanuel, said he had no fixed address and his benefits had lapsed.
Neil Sands, for the 17-year-old, said he was involved in drink and drugs but was now trying to show he could stay out of trouble.