LOCAL NEWS: ‘Despicable’ burglar jailed for robbing elderly man as he slept


A man who burgled an elderly victim as he lay asleep has been jailed for three years and four months.

At 1:30am on Wednesday 24 July 2019 an elderly man in his 70s was asleep in his flat near Kings Park Drive. He awoke to find an unknown man in his bedroom. 

The offender was seen to take the victim’s wallet which contained a bank card, birth certificate and a quantity of cash. 

42-year-old Darren John Lane is of no fixed abode was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 19 September 2019 after pleading guilty to burglary. 

Detective Sergeant Adam Gill is part of Dorset Police’s Crime Team said: “Darren Lane targeted his elderly and vulnerable victim in the very place he should have felt safe.

“His actions were despicable and no doubt frightening for the victim. We will use all available lines of enquiry to identify offenders such as Darren Lane and ensure they are brought before the court.

A crime scene investigators recovered a fingerprint from the victim’s home address which was later identified as Darren Lane’s. 

Lane was also identified on CCTV from the premises.

Detective Sergeant Adam Gill added: “We would always remind residents to ensure they keep their properties secure even when they are home to avoid an unwanted visitor from gaining entry.”

For crime prevention advice visit Dorset Police’s website. 


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