A PROLIFIC burglar who targeted the homes of elderly people in Flintshire 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 a number of areas including Buckley and 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.
Haddock admitted offences in the Buckley area, Chester and Nantwich and was charged with five burglary offences.
Chester Crown Court heard yesterday 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 homes 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 of Cheshire Police 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 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 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.
The offences included burglaries committed this year on May 3, in Park View, Nantwich; on July 18 in Filkins Lane, Chester; on July 25 in Princess Avenue, Chester; on August 12 in South Crofts, Nantwich, and on August 16 in Millers Quay, Chester.
Haddock also asked for 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 of Cheshire Police said: “The sentence Carl Haddock received reflects the severity of his crimes.
“The judge rightly saw he was targeting elderly vulnerable victims while they were sleeping in their beds.”