A Pendle woman who went on a five-dwelling burglary spree in Barnoldswick and Nelson in March has been jailed.
Vicky Parkinson (45), of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years four months at Burnley Crown Court last Friday.
Parkinson’s spree had put her in breach of a suspended sentence for her part in supply of Class A drugs dating back to March 2013.
She had pleaded guilty to the two Nelson burglaries and later admitted the three Barnoldswick burglaries to police.
Joseph Allman (prosecuting) told court that Parkinson had come face to face with one of her victims at a house in Regent Street, Nelson, on March 18th.
The court heard that the occupier of the property, Mr Turkir Mirza, had gone out at 9-50pm leaving relatives in the house.
Returning approximately 25 minutes later, the front door was open and Mr Mirza found Parkinson in the hallway rummaging through coats.
Parkinson told Mr Mirza she was looking for Mohammed, but Mr Mirza realising something was wrong, shouted to family members.
Parkinson then made an attempt to leave but was blocked. She climbed over the fence at the rear of the house and ran away, the court heard.
Mr Allman told the court a short time later Parkinson was stopped outside Asda in Colne and had a bag on her belonging to a Ms Kelly Law, of Bevan Place, Nelson.
When Ms Law was spoken to by police, she only then realised she had been the victim of a sneak in burglary, the court was told. Missing was the bag, a purse and silver sovereign ring.
Mr Allman told the court the Parkinson had also admitted to the police in interview three burglaries in Barnoldswick. Two of those took place on March 14th in Beech Street and King Street and one on March 15th in Roundell Road.
Richard Taylor (defending) said after her suspended sentence, Parkinson had gone to Thailand and had returned drug free.
But the court was told Parkinson had fallen out with her daughter, had no money and began using heroin again. Mr Taylor said she was wandering the streets “homeless with nowhere to go” and that she was “horrified” and “embarrassed” at what she had done.
Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt said: “It’s a depressing pre-sentence report but you make these decision in life.”
Judge Lunt added that Parkinson’s behaviour of going in to peoples’ homes, especially when they were in, was “extremely unsettling”.