Burglar told 90-year-old woman he was a caretaker then stole her late husband’s wartime belongings

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A burglar told a vulnerable 90-year-old woman he was a caretaker before stealing her late husband’s wartime belongings during a “disgraceful” crime spree in Cardiff.

Jordan Davenport sneaked into another woman’s home and rifled through a chest of drawers in her bedroom while she was watching television on her bed, leaving her shocked and scared.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he walked in through a further victim’s front door and when she confronted him, he replied: “I’m sorry, I thought it was a house party.”

Pamela Kaiga, prosecuting, said the string of burglaries and attempted burglaries happened on the evening of April 26 last year in Llanedeyrn.

She told the court: “The defendant went on what can only be described as a spree.”

The first incident happened at Nisa Stores in Lewis Court at 7.30pm. When he went to close the shop, the victim realised his bag was missing from the staff room.

Prosecutors said he contacted Davenport through a family connection and got his bag back, but his wallet was still missing.

The bag also contained items that did not belong to him, including a document showing the address, Lincoln Court – the home of the second victim.

Ms Kaiga said the second burglary happened around 15 minutes after the first. The victim was a 90-year-old woman with restricted mobility, who had been living there for 30 years.

Davenport walked inside, telling her he was a caretaker. The court heard she felt “scared”, but told him to “b***** off”. She later noticed some of her late husband’s wartime possessions were missing.

At 7.45pm a second woman was watching television in her living room when she heard her front door open and saw the defendant coming into her home in Pennsylvania.

Ms Kaiga said: “She immediately shouted at him, asking him what he was doing.” Davenport told her he was looking for a house party and left.

A quarter of an hour later, a third woman heard her front door open. Davenport saw her family’s Rottweiler dog and quickly left.

Prosecutors said she leaned out of the window and asked him what he wanted. He asked for directions to the shopping centre.

In a statement read out in court, she said she was at home in Pennsylvania with her 12-year-old son, who has autism, at the time.

She said: “I used not to think I had to lock the door when we were in the house because I felt safe in my own home, but now I make sure the door is locked.”

The woman said her son was using a computer near the door when the defendant walked in and he was “really scared”. He is still “extremely nervous” when anyone approaches the door or knocks.

She added: “No matter how many times we reassure him, he still believes it is going to happen again. I think it’s really sad that he can’t feel comfortable in his own home.”

By 8pm, Davenport was 10 doors away, pressing a buzzer and persuading a neighbour to let him in by pretending he was there to visit his granddad.

Prosecutors said the woman inside suddenly became aware of the smell of cologne and was startled to see the burglar in her bedroom as she lay on her bed watching TV.

The court heard he was crouching next to a chest of drawers and the shocked woman told him to “get out”. She found her camera and two phones were missing.

In a victim personal statement, the woman said: “I was at home alone in my bedroom. This person rifled through my items while I was lying in bed. It has left me scared to be in my own house.

“I find that I cannot settle. Although I lock the door, I am constantly back and forth to check it is locked. I just can’t concentrate or settle. I have become paranoid living in my own home.”

She said she started hiding her belongings around the property and was feeling anxious and depressed. She now feels unable to leave the house.

The court heard Davenport was traced by the police using his fingerprints. He was arrested and gave a “no comment” interview.

Prosecutors said he had more than a dozen previous offences on his record. He was jailed for 12 months in December, 2019, for four counts of attempted burglary and two of interfering with vehicles.

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Davenport, 27, who is currently in HM Swansea Prison, admitted commercial burglary, two counts of dwelling burglary and two counts of attempted burglary.

James Evans, defending, said his client entered guilty pleas at the first opportunity, adding: “All these offences should have been dealt with together.”

He said the defendant reached “rock bottom” when his relationship with his “childhood sweetheart” and mother of his three children ended. He was “devastated” and started to abuse alcohol.

Mr Evans said Davenport was trusted in prison as a listener – a peer support service – and was “obviously affected” when the victim personal statements were read out.

He told the court he had represented the defendant before, adding: “He seems quite different now. He seems healthier and more together.”

The court heard he had been offered a job at a laundry for when he was released. Mr Evans said: “He is not a hopeless case by any means.”

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Recorder Lucy Crowther described his behaviour as an “absolute disgrace”. She noted the delay and said he should have been dealt with “a long time ago”.

She added: “People have the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes.”

Davenport was jailed for 40 months.



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