90-year-old follows burglar to Asda and beats him to get wallet back

A determined 90-year-old man tracked down and confronted a shameless burglar who had sneaked into his bungalow and run off with his wallet just minutes earlier.

The no-nonsense pensioner got into his car and drove around in a dogged bid to find and catch callous Nicholas Norton.

A court heard he spotted the brazen intruder go into an Asda supermarket and went in to find him before grabbing him by the “scruff of his neck”, punching him and making him empty out his pockets.

Despite his physical frailties, the man got his wallet back in the shop in Sculcoates, Hull.

Norton, 49, admitted burglary and fraud by using one of the bank cards and was jailed for three years and six months yesterday at Hull Crown Court.

Recorder Anthony Hawks said a significant prison sentence was necessary because of previous convictions for burglary, reports Hull Live.

Norton, of no fixed abode, walked into the victim’s back garden limping and said he had fallen off his bicycle on September 3.

Rachel Scott, prosecuting, said the pensioner had his back door open because of the hot weather.

The lawyer continued: “He (Norton) asked for a damp cloth because his leg was bleeding.

“The complainant went and got him a cloth and, as he was standing at a sink, turned round and saw the defendant in his living room. The defendant took his wallet and ran out of the address.

“The complainant got into his car and drove around trying to find the defendant. He saw the defendant going into Asda so he went in after him. He caught the defendant with his bank card in his hand and a bottle of spirits in the other.

“He took hold of him and the defendant dropped the bottle, smashing it. The complainant was concerned about what he would do with the bottle so punched him on the chin. He then held the defendant by the scruff of his neck while the defendant emptied his pockets and returned the bank cards.”

Norton had convictions for 80 previous offences, including 44 for theft. He had been given a one-year suspended prison sentence for domestic burglary in May 2008 and jailed for nine months in 2009, also for domestic burglary.

He was jailed for 876 days in March 2020 for domestic burglary and was on licence for that offence at the time of the incident involving the pensioner. Norton was a third-strike burglar for the second time.

Stephen Munro, mitigating, said Norton pleaded guilty at an early stage and made admissions. The burglary was opportunist and not planned. He had suffered a drug problem.

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