Burglar jailed after targeting 90-year-old at Portsmouth home

Jack Carruthers, 21, of Lower Farm Drive, Portsmouth has been jailed
Jack Carruthers, 21, of Lower Farm Drive, Portsmouth has been jailed
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  • Jack Carruthers, 23, carried out distraction burglary on 90-year-old
  • Court hears he has long list of previous convictions
  • Judge jails him for 44 months over burglaries
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A MAN has been jailed after carrying out nearly 40 burglaries since he was a teenager.

Jack Carruthers, 21, was sent back to prison by a judge for targeting two elderly women at their homes just days apart while on licence from a previous jail term.

The fact that we’ve done all these enquiries and it’s ended in a good result for people in Portsmouth, the individual victims know that this person is not going to come back and invade their space

Chief Inspector Alison Heydari

Portsmouth Crown Court heard one victim, 90, was left scared and shaken after Carruthers used a distraction ruse to get into her home.

Prosecutor Matthew Lawson said Carruthers knocked on the woman’s door, in Francis Avenue, Southsea, and told her his football was in her garden.

She let him in to look for it but on the way back out of the garden he took £10 to £15 in cash, first and second-class stamps, her purse, a silver threepenny bit and photos of her grandchildren.

Mr Lawson said: ‘The incident has left her very shaken.

‘She says she has been a victim of burglary three years ago.

‘This incident has brought back memories of it.’

He added she is now finding it difficult to sleep and taking tranquillisers since the May 7 burglary.

Just two days later Carruthers walked into a home in Evelegh Road, Farlington, and into the living room where his elderly victim was sat.

Mr Lawson said a confrontation followed, with Carruthers leaving empty-handed.

Berenice Mulvanny, defending, said the victim, whose husband was in the garden, gave Carruthers a telling-off.

Mr Lawson said: ‘She says she was very concerned because the defendant had got into her house and she is worried that he will do so again.’

Details of Carruthers’ past convictions were read out in court and included 25 non-dwelling burglaries and eight burglaries of homes, one arson and shoplifting.

In total he has 24 convictions for 57 offences.

Jailing him for 44 months, Judge Roger Hetherington said he hoped Carruthers would come to terms with his troubled past and turn over a new leaf but added: ‘I don’t know how realistic that is.’

Chief Inspector Alison Heydari, district commander for Portsmouth, praised work between safer neighbourhood and response teams and probation in the case.

She said the investigation included door-to-door enquiries and searches as part of the urgent work done after the burglaries were reported.

She said: ‘One of the things victims sometimes feel is that person who invaded their home is going to come back.

‘The fact that we’ve done all these enquiries and it’s ended in a good result for people in Portsmouth, the individual victims know that this person is not going to come back and invade their space.’

She added: ‘We will do everything we can to get justice for victims.’

Carruthers, of Lower Farm Drive, Wymering admitted two burglaries and a charge of using counterfeit notes and theft of alcohol and cigarettes at a shop in Station Road, Bosham, on March 13.