Exmouth teen burglar targeted elderly

PUBLISHED: 10:01 16 June 2016

Kacper Manowski

Kacper Manowski

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A teenage burglar from Exmouth, who preyed on lonely pensioners, has been jailed after he left fingerprints on a money jar and a bottle of sherry.

Kacper Manowski targeted the homes of the elderly in the town and broke in as they slept to steal money, which he used to buy cannabis and legal highs.

He went on the three-week crime spree in Exmouth in which he broke into three homes and sold antique tools taken in a raid on a garden shed.

He was also caught shoplifting four times as he struggled to feed his drug habit, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Manowski, 18, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, admitted two burglaries, handling, four charges of shoplifting and asked for another burglary and two thefts to be considered.

These included stealing money from a well-wisher who had offered him a roof for the night after finding him sleeping rough.

He was jailed for three years by Judge Graham Cottle, who rejected a proposal to send him to the Amber Foundation rehabilitation project at Chulmleigh, North Devon.

The judge told told Manowski: “This was a spree of offending. In particular, you committed two burglaries at homes of elderly victims aged 89 and 94.

“You were quite obviously targeting elderly victims’ homes. There is no other conclusion to be drawn.

“You were leading an aimless life with antisocial behaviour, drug use, offending and associating with other antisocial people.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said all the offences took place between March 20 and April 7 in Exmouth and started with shoplifting at Superdrug and Tesco.

The first burglary took place over Easter when an 89-year-old woman in Perrimans Row, Exmouth, discovered money had been taken from her bag and a bureau.

The second was at the home of a 94-year-old widow in Bradham Lane, Exmouth, where £80 cash was taken.

Miss Eagles said: “The defendant was detected at the first house because he left a fingerprint on a ceramic pot, where the owner kept change. Fingerprints were also discovered on a bottle of sherry at the second house.”

She said a collection of vintage tools, some belonging to the owner’s grandfather, were stolen from a shed; the victim found them for sale at the Curios secondhand shop, Exeter Road, where Manowski had sold them for just £5.

Mr Joss Ticehurst, defending, said Manowski had left care and was homeless, ‘sofa surfing’, and leading an aimless existence at the time, and stole to get money to buy cannabis and legal highs.

Mr Ticehurst said: “He was committing acquisitive crime and, in effect, putting two fingers up to the system. He says he was not targeting the vulnerable, but looking for homes which were insecure.”

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