Soham man Carl Scarrow jailed for stealing from woman's house weeks after she died
A man living in a tent near a sewage works in Soham was caught stealing from a woman's house less than a fortnight after she died.
Carl Scarrow, 34, was caught by police climbing out the window of a house in The Causeway with socks over his hands and holding a torch on April 20.
A neighbour had called 999 after hearing noises coming from the house, knowing the owner had died 13 days before.
When officers challenged Scarrow he said he was collecting some of his items from a friend's house.
After he was told he was under arrest he attempted to run but was tackled to the ground.
During a struggle, he broke an officer's glasses, causing damage worth £270.
A bag being carried by an accomplice was searched and five television remotes, a video camera, and a device to check blood sugar levels were discovered, all taken from the house.
Scarrow, from Soham but living in a tent near a sewage works, pleaded not guilty but on Friday was found guilty dwelling burglary and obstructing a constable in their duty.
He was sentenced to 12 months in jail.
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