Burglar jailed for "despicable” theft from Flint home

A man has been jailed for “a despicable” burglary of the home of a vulnerable, wheelchair bound elderly lady in Flint.

Credit: North Wales Police

Phillip Powell, 29, stole her recently deceased husband’s wallet and credit card while the house was un-occupied because she was in a care home. Neighbours alerted police and Powell smashed his way out of an upstairs bedroom. He was chased for about a mile before his arrest.

Powell was found to have a glove and a screwdriver on him and a black mask was found back at the burgled house, Mold Crown Court was told.

Powell of Orchid Court Way in Garden City, admitted the burglary at the house in Albert Avenue, Flint, and was jailed for two years and 146 days.

Judge Niclas Parry told him that he had an appalling record for one so young.

Judge Parry said that he accepted that the defendant had not targeted the premises or fully appreciated the despicable nature of the crime.

The victim had intended to return to her home and was very distressed at what had happened. In a victim impact statement, she said, “I am upset to know that my husband’s property has been taken. He cannot rest in peace. I cannot understand why anyone should do this to me.”