A teenager who stole a 98-year-old woman’s engagement ring from her bedside as she slept has been locked up for two years.
Daniel Bell, 18, and a 17-year-old accomplice broke into the woman’s home on Hest Bank Road, Morecambe, in September stealing cash, a purse and the engagement ring from her bedside table.
Preston Crown Court heard the ring was particularly precious to the woman as it was given to her by her late husband in 1943.
The court was also told the duo also broke into a shed on the same street, stealing electrical equipment.
Bell, of Princes Crescent, Morecambe, was sentenced to two years detention in a youth offenders’ institution, having previously pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in a house and a further count of burglary relating to a shed break-in.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to a 12- month supervision order.
He must also do 240 hours of unpaid work, having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods for his part in both offences.
DC Sarah Houghton of Lancaster CID said “I am pleased to report we recovered the ring and returned it to the victim.
“The disparity of the two offences shows the clear disregard Bell and his accomplice had for who may be the victims of their offences, and, on this occasion, one of them was a 98-year-old lady.
“I welcome the custodial sentence given to Bell and hope it provides some solace for the victims.
“There have been a number of burglaries into sheds, garages and outbuildings, often targeting electrical equipment, tools and high value bikes, around Lancaster and Morecambe in recent months. We would encourage homeowners to use strong locks and security lights on sheds.”