A woman broke into a Swansea care home before stealing possessions belonging to a vulnerable adult inside.
Clare Michelle Jones urinated outside Granville House in Slate Street, Morriston, where Granville Court care home is located, before gaining entry into the care home and finding her way to the living area of her victim.
Swansea Crown Court heard how the victim was a vulnerable adult with epilepsy and other health conditions meaning that her living quarters were not securely locked to make sure staff members could come to her aid immediately if needed.
The court was told how Jones had gained access to the care home by interfering with the door at 4.39am on August 15 having urinated in the car park before entering.
At 5am an emergency buzzer sounded from the flat and a care worker went to the victim’s living quarters to find Jones rifling through shopping bags.
When challenged Jones said “I’m her mate” and repeatedly said “She invited me here” in an attempt to deceive staff.
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She was told to leave the flat repeatedly but maintained her story and refused to leave for a long time. The episode caused the victim to become “extremely upset”. A lanyard, keys and a purse were taken and later located discarded in a lane near a cafe.
Jones, of Woodfield Street, Morriston, was arrested on September 12 and interviewed by police but she gave “no comment” responses to all questions put to her. The 39-year-old later admitted burglary. She has 37 convictions on her record for 74 offences.
Huw Davies, mitigating, drew attention to a letter of apology Jones had written regretting her actions. He also described how she had been involved in a “violent quarrel” with her partner the night of the incident and had taken four street Valium.
Judge Huw Rees sentenced Jones to 15 months in prison.
Speaking after the hearing South Wales Police detective constable Alanna Lan said: “Jones targeted the home of vulnerable young adults with no thought of the impact it may have on them. Jones entered the victim’s room whilst she was asleep and stolen her personal possessions. She has shown no remorse for her calculated actions.
“The victim of this offence has been deeply affected by the intrusion into her privacy – she has lost her trust in others and this has also affected her daily life. ”