Ian Frankum, aged 21, of no fixed address, went into the house in Wedderburn Road, Malvern, through the unlocked kitchen door at 1pm on April 4 this year, Peter Grice, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court. The woman who lived there, a pensioner, was upstairs at the time doing housework.

Frankum took a laptop on which her husband had stored the details of the family history he had researched for a number of years and a handbag with a small amount of cash and bank cards. The laptop has not been recovered.

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