A burglar left a widow suffering from depression after breaking into her home and stealing jewellery and a car belonging to her late husband.
Jonathan Copson, 31, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the break in, as well as four others in Coventry.
Copson of Reve Road, Coventry, admitted breaking into the house on Bullimore Grove during a night in May.
Prosecutor Nazneen Sultan told the court that the victim, in her 60s, had secured her house before going to bed.
But that when her son woke at 6.30 the next morning, he found a large window had been forced open from the outside and items missing.
Intruders had stolen jewellery which had been bought for the widow by her late husband, a handbag containing bank cards and about £100 in cash from inside the home.
They also took a Mercedes belonging to the victim’s late husband from the garage.
Copson was recorded on CCTV using the stolen bank cards in Coventry later that day and two weeks later was linked to burglaries in the city. Officers caught him trying to climb over a fence following a later break-in.
The court heard that the Kenilworth victim was affected ‘“in a massive way”by the ordeal, having lost rings from her late husband and his car.
As a result she is now on medication for depression.
Miss Sultan added that Copson had a large number of previous convictions and was a ‘third strike’ burglar.
David Murray, defending, said Copson had shown ‘a good level of victim awareness and empathy.’
But sentencing Copson and his accomplice, Daniel Stewart, 25 from Coventry, Judge Alan Parker said: “When that lady went to bed that night she felt secure, and since waking up she has never left secure again.
“I’ve seen nothing to convince me that you are remorseful in the proper context of the word; you are sorry for yourself for the situation you find yourself in.”