A DOG was used to distract a Ravensthorpe pensioner while a burglar stole her savings.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim, 77, opened the door of her home on Lee Road on December 23 to thief Julie Penn.
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said Penn allowed her dog to run into the home and asked if she could fetch the animal.
Penn, 38 of Arncliffe Road, Healey, Batley, eventually left the property having gone upstairs to get the dog.
It was only later the victim realised a wallet with up to £800 of savings built up over the last year was missing.
Penn, who admitted burglary, was in breach of a community order imposed the previous month.
Michael Collins, for Penn, said she had not committed a burglary since 2005 but had a drugs addiction. Previous convictions meant she was a ‘three-strike’ felon liable for a prison sentence.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC warned Penn she would most likely continue to offend unless she sorted out her drug problem.
He jailed her for 876 days for the burglary and 28 days to run consecutively for breaching the earlier community order.