A man who proposed to a woman with an engagement ring stolen from a 91-year-old widow has been jailed.

Steven Reid, 38, broke into the elderly woman’s home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, with accomplice Jerome Jones, 26,

The pair raided her valuables and purse while she was trapped in her bedroom.

Reid, of Berryfields Road, Sutton Coldfield, then used a gold engagement ring stolen in the burglary to propose to a woman on Christmas Eve.

The woman later tipped off detectives after recognising the jewellery in a police appeal.

Jones, of Oak Close, Rubery, in Worcestershire, was caught on CCTV in a jewellery shop in Birmingham Road the morning after the raid, trying to sell items including a signet ring, watch and bracelet that belonged to the victim’s late husband.

The store turned him away but his friend Christopher Rowland, 40, returned later the same day and exchanged the valuables for cash.

Reid’s DNA was found at the scene of the burglary on a chisel that he had used to prise out a glass door pane.

He was jailed for four years and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court after being found guilty of burglary, while Jones was sentenced to four years and three months.

Rowland, of Mount View, Erdington, in Birmingham, was given a 12-month community order and a conditional discharge for handling stolen goods.

Detective Sergeant Tom Lyons, from West Midlands Police, said: “The victim was unhurt but this was clearly a shocking ordeal for her. She was awoken by a security light being activated and footsteps on the stairs and moments later they burst into her bedroom.

“Members of the public were as disgusted as we were at the nature of the offence and we had a fantastic response to our public appeal for information.

“Several people called naming Reid and Jones as suspects, while the jewellers and Reid’s would-be bride also called.” VIA