A prolific burglar who ransacked a number of ¬†elderly victims’ homes has been handed five years and four months in prison.

David O’Shea, (b. 12.06.83), from Southend Crescent in Eltham, appeared in Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, February 20, after he was charged with a string of offences committed between August last year and January 2019 across south-east London and Kent.

Police say O’Shea’s hallmark was smashing a window at the side or back of his victims’ homes and ransacking their belongings before stealing cash, jewellery and electrical items.

Homes targeted included addresses on Glenesk Road, Kidbrooke Park Road, Westmount Road, Avery Hill and Tiverton Drive in SE9, and Manor Way and Brookway in SE3.

A number of his victims were elderly and, in one case of attempted burglary, an OAP was at home at the time.

O’Shea pleaded guilty to ten counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. DNA evidence had linked him to all the offences, with CCTV and witness accounts also pointing the finger at him.

He was arrested on January 21 and refused to comment under interview.

Detective Constable Brad Wood said: “David is a prolific burglar and serial offender with many prior convictions who indiscriminately targeted homes to steal valuables.

“He left a number of elderly, vulnerable residents feeling violated, unsafe, and not wanting to leave their homes.

“Due to the evidence amassed against O’Shea by investigator, he was forced to admit the offences.

“He is now in jail serving a long sentence where he cannot commit further crimes against the law-abiding public.”