A burglar who broke into a flat above a city centre pub over the festive period has been locked up for two years and four months (876 days).
Adrian Perry, 50, of Sandon Street, Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 21 February 2019) for sentencing having pleaded guilty to burglary.
Perry smashed a window to get into the flat, above the Dragon pub in Long Row, and stole a quantity of cash from the property.
The victim, who had left the flat at 10 pm on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, returned home at 3.30pm on Christmas Day to find it had been ransacked.
Blood samples found at the flat were analysed and the results were a DNA match for Perry.
When officers searched his address they found a Guernsey £1 note which was confirmed by the victim to be among the bank notes stolen from her home.
Speaking after Perry’s sentencing, Detective Constable Raj Johal said: “Perry showed no thought whatsoever for the victim of this burglary who was out celebrating Christmas with her family and friends.
“I’m pleased that he is now locked up and has time to reflect on his actions and the distress he has caused.
“The victim has felt scared in her own home since this burglary but we hope that now Perry has been brought to justice and removed from our streets it brings her some comfort.
“We’d like to reassure people that burglary remains a priority for Nottinghamshire Police and we now have teams dedicated to tackling and reducing it in the city and county.
“We will not tolerate people committing this invasive and upsetting crime and we won’t stop targeting those we believe to be responsible for such crimes, which we know causes concern in our communities.”