Burglar who took Christmas gifts from Gainsborough home chased by victim
A burglar who stole Christmas presents from a Gainsborough house was chased away by the woman householder, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
James Webster walked into the property through an unlocked door and helped himself to presents and a lap top computer.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the woman victim, who was upstairs in the property in Aisby Walk, only became aware something was wrong when her dog began to bark.
She thought it was her boyfriend returning home from work until the intruder shouted up “I’m coming”.
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Mr Howes said: “She dialled 999 and then confronted the defendant who was carrying the lap top and Christmas presents. He ran off and she gave chase. She grabbed him by the shoulder and he dropped the lap top but he lashed out and managed to get away.”
Webster was later arrested.
Mr Howes said the victim was badly affected by what happened and has since suffered panic attacks.
Webster, 34, of no fixed address, admitted burglary on December 3, 2012. He was jailed for 40 months. The court heard he had 87 previous convictions.