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Disabled burglar, 44, is jailed for house raids with getaways on 8mph mobility scooter

Disabled burglar, 44, jailed after low-speed escape from two home raids on his 8mph scooter

  • John Francis stole bank cards, cash and other valuables from a house in Worcester
  • Francis was then caught on CCTV hunting the next day
  • Four days after the first incident, he broke into a female student’s bedroom
  • Francis, 44, fled empty-handed before riding off on his getaway scooter
  • He was jailed for 26 months for burglary, attempted burglary and fraud

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John Francis admitted to breaking into the first house because he knew where the money and valuables were after carrying out decorating work on the property

John Francis admitted to breaking into the first house because he knew where the money and valuables were after carrying out decorating work on the property

A disabled burglar has been jailed after slowly escaping from two home raids – on his 8mph scooter.

John Francis, 44, crawled through a kitchen window to enter a house in Worcester while a family of nine people – including children – slept upstairs on May 26 last year.

He stole bank cards, cash, a laptop, an iPad and an iPhone before fleeing on his electric cart, which was parked outside, and was caught on CCTV the next day bargain hunting, a drill, whiskey, trainers and a hoodie.

Francis later admitted to breaking into the first house because he knew where the money and valuables were after doing decoration work on the property.

On May 30, he broke into a college student’s bedroom in the same city and fled empty-handed before riding off on his getaway scooter.

Police raided his home in Worcester and seized the vehicle and a homemade taser.

He was sentenced to 26 months in prison after admitting burglary, attempted burglary and fraud at Worcester Crown Court.

Judge Nicholas Cartwright, who sentenced him on Monday, said: “It must have been terrifying for that young woman to wake up and see you climbing through the window like that.”

The judge added that the electronic devices Francis stole from the first house contained personal information about the family.

John Francis arrives and parks his scooter outside Worcester Magistrates' Court

John Francis arrives and parks his scooter outside Worcester Magistrates' Court

John Francis arrives and parks his scooter outside Worcester Magistrates’ Court

He was jailed for 26 months after admitting burglary, attempted break-in and fraud at Worcester Crown Court

He was jailed for 26 months after admitting burglary, attempted break-in and fraud at Worcester Crown Court

He was jailed for 26 months after admitting burglary, attempted break-in and fraud at Worcester Crown Court

He said: “The laptops and phones were not only a financial loss to the owner, but also contained photos, personal messages and other personal data.”

The court heard Francis had a string of 32 previous offenses, including many for shoplifting and drugs.

He admitted to breaking into a six-bedroom house in Hillary Road, Worcester on May 26, sneaking in through a window and searching the rooms below.

In addition to stealing electronic devices, he also stole £100 in cash from a teapot before escaping on the scooter.

On May 30, dressed in black, he tried to break into another house in Devon Road, Worcester, but was caught disturbing a female student.

Prosecutor Siobhan Collins said: “She was awakened at 3:20 am to discover that the defendant was trying to gain access through her bedroom window which was very close to her.

“She described it as something over her head.

“When the victim yelled at him, he ran away.

“He got on a scooter and left.”

The woman’s uncle, who was a taxi driver, received a photo of Francis from a neighboring property and contacted the police.

Officers raided his home on June 9 and arrested Francis, who was also caught on CCTV with bank cards from the previous break-in.

Francis said he was “looking to break into another house” when he broke into the student’s house because he “had no money.”

The judge sentenced him to serve at least half of his sentence in prison.