A PROLIFIC burglar crept into the bedroom of an 82-year-old woman in a care home and stole her handbag.
The bed-bound victim awoke to find Kevin Aldworth standing over her, Durham Crown Court heard.
Martin Towers, prosecuting, said: “She is a resident of the St Mary’s Care Home in Church Chare in Chester-le-Street.
“It was about 5.30am and at first she thought Aldworth was a nurse. When she realised he was not, she shouted to raise the alarm.”
The court heard Aldworth left the home with the woman’s handbag.
Mr Towers added: “He was arrested in Chester-le-Street town centre at about 7.10am the same morning.
“He is a prolific burglar and has amassed 85 convictions for a range of offences.”
Aldworth, 31, of Wesley Street, Coundon Grange, Bishop Auckland, admitted burglary on October 20.
The Recorder, Ms Sophie Drake, jailed Aldworth for four years.
She said: “I am satisfied you targeted the care home, knowing the residents would be elderly and vulnerable.
“It was a wicked thing to do. I am told you are ashamed of yourself, as you should be.”