Burglar sentenced to five years for breaking into vulnerable man's house in Widnes Date published: 26th September 2019 9.23am

A burglar who broke into a vulnerable man’s house to steal cash has been sentenced to five years.

Anthony Sinnott, aged 40, of Sommerville Road in Widnes pleaded guilty to burglary on Tuesday 24 September at Liverpool Crown Court.

During the day of Friday 23 November 2018 Sinnott broke into a house on Hanley Close in Widnes using a screw driver.

Once inside he stole money from a biscuit tin in one of the bedrooms.

The 83-year-old man heard noises and went into the hallway to find Sinnott in his house.

After realising he had been spotted, Sinnott held him in a head lock for a few seconds before letting him go, opening the door and running out of the house.

The victim then went into the kitchen to find broken glass across the floor and back door broken.

Following extensive enquiries by officers Sinnott was arrested. Throughout his interview he denied committing the offence until the day he was due to stand trial when he changed his plea and admitted his crime.

Detective Sergeant Roberts, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Burglary is a heinous invasion of someone’s home which leaves a lasting and deep impact on the victim.

“I hope knowing Sinnott is now in prison will provide some closure to the victim while also sending a clear message that we will always follow every available line of enquiry to identify and prosecute offenders who commit burglary.”

Following the sentencing, the victim thanked the officers involved in the investigation and the specialist support which has helped him through the ordeal.

To further deter burglars you can find information about home security on our website https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/home-safety-and-security/