A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.
John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a
17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.
Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled
"memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.
McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and
received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.
The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.
This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen."