A burglar who broke into an elderly woman’s home in Oulton Broad and drove off in her car has been jailed for three years.

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The 77-year-old victim, who lives in a five-bedroom house in Commodore Road, woke up to discover that her front door had been left ajar, drawers in a downstairs room were open and her Peugeot 207 was missing from her driveway, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Simon Gladwell, prosecuting, said the woman also discovered that her purse, £30 in cash and some bank cards and credit cards had been stolen, as well as a file containing her PIN number.

The stolen cards were later used to purchase cash and goods totalling more than £600, he said.

Before the court was Frankie Benet, 31, of no fixed address, who admitted burglary, theft and fraud. He was jailed for three years.

Andrew Thompson, for Benet, said his client was homeless at the time of the offences and he was looking for somewhere to spend the night when he found the keys to the house and the car in the ignition of the Peugeot.

He said the offences were opportunistic and Benet had not deliberately targeted the victim.

Once inside the house, he said, Benet had a clear idea what he was looking for and he had stolen the cash and cards without going upstairs.

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