A prolific burglar, Aron Thompson, who ransacked a pensioner’s home while she enjoyed a shopping trip with her daughter is back behind bars after West Midlands Police found him hiding under a bed.
Thompson (pictured) trashed the house on Fox Hollies Road in Acocks Green, after breaking in on Wednesday 1st March but was disturbed when the woman, aged 71, returned home.
He fled with cash and games consoles but abandoned other items, including a TV that he’d stashed by the back door, in his haste to flee the property.
The next day officers patrolling in Kestral Avenue, Yardley, spotted a Kia Sportage stolen from outside another home on Fox Hollies Road on Saturday 25th February.
Enquiries revealed that Thompson’s girlfriend lived nearby – and when officers paid her a visit they found him hiding under a bed.
An image on a mobile phone seized from Thompson pictured him standing beside the stolen Kia Sportage, while a body warmer was also recovered that matched the one CCTV showed the thief wearing during the break-in.
A baseball bat, screwdriver and stolen property were later found inside the stolen car.
Thompson – who has nine burglary convictions to his name stretching back to 2006 – admitted burglary and handling stolen goods and at Birmingham Crown Court he jailed for four years.
Investigating officer, PC Alan Reeves, said: “Thompson is a serial thief. He has 10 burglary convictions to his name but we suspect that many more residents may also have suffered at his hands.
“The elderly victim in this case was badly affected by the break-in having seen it in progress and the mess Thompson left behind; she actually received hospital treatment due to the stress and anxiety it left her with.
“Cruel thieves like Thompson think nothing of the emotional and psychological impact their actions have on victims.
“I have no doubt that we’ll see a notable decrease in burglary offences in east Birmingham as a result of him again being imprisoned.
“Residents can sleep easier knowing Thompson is again behind bars – and upon his eventual release he will be robustly monitored by our offender management teams.”