Just 45 minutes after the family left the property locked and secured on the morning of 16 May, the householder’s son returned to find it had been raided.
Sofas in the front room had been arranged to trap the family dog while the housebreaker, who smashed his way in through the back, had searched every room in the house for valuables.*boggle*
Even more mind-boggling was the reason for the theft. No, wait. Not mind-boggling. Infuriating!
John Adams, 37, cleared the victims’ property in Weaste, Salford, of nearly £10,000 worth of goods because he was waiting for his benefits, Manchester Crown Court heard.John Adams being, you see, an incorrigible criminal who - once released - found himself as unable to survive as any habituated zoo creature.
Iain Johnstone, defending Adams, whose criminal history stretches back twenty years. He said: “Mr Adams has spent the majority of his adult life in custody. Unfortunately, becoming reliant on the three meals a day being provided for him, with no particular worries about finance, he found it difficult to cope with living on the outside.
“Due to problems with his benefits and lack of income he did what he knew best.”Well, it's hardly surprising, is it?
H/T: Curmudgeon via email