Swindon man jailed after breaking into sheltered housing to commit burglaries

By Jessica Durston - 24 November 2022

  • Michael Lorraine

    Michael Lorraine

A man has been jailed for five years and three months after two burglaries in Swindon earlier this year.

Michael Loraine, 57, of County Road, Swindon, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on 22 November after he pleaded guilty.

Loraine was arrested in June for a series of burglaries during which he targeted sheltered accommodation with elderly residents.

In a Victim Impact Statement released to the court one of his victims said: “I always thought living in sheltered housing would mean that I was safer than most. I never heard anyone come into my lounge – it alarmed me because he could have done anything to me while I was asleep.”

In the statement the victim went on to say: “I wake in the night thinking that someone might be coming into my lounge again. I am more reluctant to go out because I don’t want to leave my property unattended. Sometimes I feel like a nervous wreck.”

DC Jared Yalden from Operation Fortitude in Swindon said: “These crimes have had a big impact on their victims.

“Wiltshire Police take all burglaries very seriously and are determind to bring offenders like Loraine to justice.”

Loraine was also ordered to pay £190 surcharge.

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