A BURGLAR who tried to hide his identity when he targeted his elderly victim has been jailed.

Christopher Beaney, 40, has been jailed for three years for burglary at an address in Blyth on Boxing Day last year.

A court was told how Beaney had tried to hide his identity with a hat, gloves, glasses and a scarf wrapped around his face when he targeted his victim – a 99-year-old woman.

Beaney, of Lonsdale Avenue, Blyth, had attended the victim’s home and knocked on her door asking for a drink of water and when she obliged he snuck in her home behind her and stole her purse.

After pleading guilty to burglary, Beaney was sentenced to three years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, May 16.

Detective Sergeant Chrissie Skillen, from Northumbria Police’s Burglary Team, said: “This is a disgusting crime committed on a victim who was targeted for her vulnerability.

“I want to praise the victim for her bravery."