A PROLIFIC burglar who targeted the homes of elderly people while they slept has been jailed for six years.
Carl Francis Haddock, 51, was snared by police who mounted a special operation in response to a sharp rise in burglaries in the Chester area.
Officers who arrested Haddock found the brazen thief to be wearing a stolen watch and trainers when they caught up with him.
Chester Crown Court heard yesterday (Wednesday) that Haddock often targeted vulnerable people during the night – and even woke several victims as he rummaged through their bedrooms.
The judge, recorder Mukhtar Hussain, said he believed Haddock had actively targeted the homes of elderly victims, identifying them through the type of accommodation they were living in.
Police have welcomed the sentence, saying the public should be reassured now Haddock is safely behind bars.
Detective Sergeant Ian Smith said: "Carl Haddock has targeted the homes of elderly residents during warm evenings and entered via insecure windows. This has caused great concern for the public of Chester and a great deal of hard work has been conducted by my staff to identify and arrest him resulting in the charges.
“This will reassure the public of Chester that a prolific burglar has been detained and his offending will now cease.”
Haddock, of Gwersyllt, Wrexham, was incriminated through forensic and CCTV evidence gathered by Blacon Pro Active Team and Crewe CID as part of Operation Dothan.
A search of his home led to the discovery of property stolen from the burglaries in Chester.
Haddock admitted offences in the Chester, Nantwich and Buckley area of North Wales and was charged with five burglary offences.
The offences included burglaries committed this year on May 3, in Park View, Nantwich, on the July 18 in Fickins Lane, Chester, on July 25 in Princess Avenue, Chester, on the August 12 in South Crofts, Nantwich and on August 16 in Millers Quay, Chester.
Haddock also admitted a further 16 offences to be taken into consideration, nine of which involved elderly victims aged between 68 and 93 years old living in residential homes.
All of the crimes were committed by Haddock during the hours of darkness when his victims were asleep in bed.
Detective Constable Iestyn Lewis-Jones said: “The sentence Carl Haddock received reflects the severity of his crimes and the judge rightly saw that he was targeting elderly vulnerable victims whilst they were sleeping in their beds.”