Menacing burglar who threatened woman in her Grimsby home jailed for five years
A MENACING burglar threatened a terrified woman and demanded cash before warning her he was a "lunatic" and had a knife, a court heard.
Robert Smalley, 39, of Neville Street, Cleethorpes, admitted three burglary offences and one of producing cannabis.
Rod Woolliss, 21, of Highfield Avenue, Grimsby, admitted being involved in one of the burglaries.
Stephen Welch, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Smalley burgled a 57-year-old woman's home on August 13.
She heard a loud thump from downstairs at her home in Limetree Avenue, Grimsby, and spotted Smalley.
He was holding a laptop and a games console and warned her: "Get back upstairs."
She told him to get out, but he snarled: "Where's the money? I'm a lunatic. I have got a knife."
Smalley pushed her back and forcefully shoved her to the floor.
She shouted "help" several times and a witness spotted him in the hallway.
Smalley jumped over a hedge and fled into the grounds of the nearby hospital.
Police searched the area and arrested Smalley at his home.
He and Woolliss were involved in raiding Yearsley's Tower Distribution Centre, Grimsby, on December 27.
Smalley had previously worked there and Woolliss did so at the time of the offences.
In one raid, 161 cases of lager, valued at £3,220, were stolen but Smalley admitted burgling the premises on December 24 with intent to steal.
Smalley's home was searched and 20 cannabis plants, with a potential yield of £4,300, were found in a spare room on December 28.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said Smalley made admissions, pleaded guilty and regretted his behaviour.
Richard Hackfath, representing Woolliss, said he admitted what he had done and it was nearly a year since the burglary offence.
Smalley was jailed for five years.
Woolliss was given a six-month suspended prison sentence, a one-year supervision order and 200 hours' unpaid work.