A BURGLAR who broke into a vulnerable pensioner's home and snatched cash from a biscuit tin has been jailed.

Anthony Sinnott, 40, of Sommerville Road in Widnes, pleaded guilty to burglary on Tuesday, September 24 at Liverpool Crown Court.

The incident took place on Friday, November 23, 2018 when Sinnott broke into a home on Hanley Close using a screwdriver.

He then snatched cash from a biscuit tin in one of the bedrooms.

The 83-year-old victim had heard a noise so when into the hallway and found Sinnott in his house.

Sinnott then held the elderly man in a head lock for a few seconds before letting him go, opening the door and running out the house.

The elderly man went into the kitchen and found broken glass across the floor and a back door broken.

Following an investigation, officers arrested Sinnott but throughout his interview he denied committing the offence.

On the day he was due to stand trial, Sinnott changed his plea and admitted the crime.

Detective Sergeant Roberts, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Burglary is a heinous invasion of someone’s home which leaves a lasting and deep impact on the victim.

“I hope knowing Sinnott is now in prison will provide some closure to the victim while also sending a clear message that we will always follow every available line of enquiry to identify and prosecute offenders who commit burglary.”

The victim thanked the officers involved in the investigation and the specialist support which has helped him through the ordeal.