Laptop stolen while disabled man took out rubbish
A DISABLED man's vital laptop computer was stolen by a walk-in thief while he popped outdoors to put some rubbish in his bin, a court heard.
Michael Bouzyk, who used the computer to keep in touch with family in America, was shocked to discover his flat door was shut against him when he got back, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
When he was able to get back into the flat he discovered the laptop and power cable had gone.
The culprit was Shaun Davis, 27, who had been visiting a nearby flat and saw that Mr Bouzyk had left his door on the latch while he went out to the bin.
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Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court police arrested Davis within seven minutes and found the laptop cable in his bag. The computer itself was nearby.
Davis, of London Road, Stroud, pleaded guilty to burgling Mr Bouzyk's flat in Lansdown Road, Stroud, on July 4 this year.
He also admitted the offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence he had received for earlier offences of shoplifting and burglary.
Judge William Hart jailed him for 26 weeks for burgling Mr Bouzyk's flat and implemented 16 weeks of the suspended sentence consecutively – making a total of 42 weeks in prison.
David Martin, defending, told the judge: "He is disappointed in himself for this stupid one-off offence.
"He is not a house burglar – he has got a drugs problem."
Gloucestershire police's crime reduction officer Paul Francis said: "We have heard of many opportunistic crimes like this over the years and the sad reality is many thieves will take any chance that presents itself to steal something of value.
"Without wanting to make the public paranoid, we would urge people to be aware of any insecurities in their house, garage or car and do whatever they can to reduce the risk of becoming a victim."