The burglar who broke into a nursing home for dementia sufferers - and avoided jail

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A burglar from Derbyshire broke into a nursing home kitchen and stole a handbag.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how Wayne Sibley struck at the Kidsley Grange Nursing Home, on Heanor Road, at Smalley.

The care home is registered to care for people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said: “It’s been dealt with as a non-dwelling burglary because it was the kitchen area that had been broken into and members of the public do not have access to this area.

Wayne Sibley stole a bag containing £20 from a nursing home

Wayne Sibley stole a bag containing £20 from a nursing home

“The handbag was taken from a member of staff who had left it in there.

“A window had been left open but there was a screen-covering which was damaged and that is how entry was gained and the handbag was taken and £20 found in it was taken.

"The handbag was recovered but the cash was gone.”

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Mr Shepherd said police attended and a forensic investigation inside the kitchen revealed a finger print which was linked back to the Sibley, of Greenside View, Smalley.

The 38-year-old told police he had been with another man who used a knife to cut the screen and he had entered the kitchen.

He pleaded guilty to burgling the nursing home on September 21.

Andy Cash, for Sibley, said the offence was “an impulsive action” and that it happened four years after his last conviction.

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He said his client is on a methadone prescription to overcome a drug addiction and he is getting help from support group Addaction.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe sentenced Sibley to 14 weeks of custody suspended for two years.

He also ordered him to pay £85 costs, £20 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.