A THIEF who targeted a vulnerable man in his own home and blatantly stole cash from his wallet has been jailed.

Sentencing 39-year-old Adam Savage a judge told him: "You are no stranger to the courts - that's an understatement.

"You've been before the courts time and time again for many years."

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told him that the theft was "a mean offence" and pointed out that the 64-year-old victim has mental health issues as well as ill health.

"He speaks of being intimidated by you when you visited and you stole £60 from under his nose.

"I'm sure that was a significant amount of money as far as he was concerned."

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the victim knew Savage but did not regard him as a friend.

On April 27 this year there was a knock at the victim's home in Bedford Road, Rock Ferry and when he answered the door he saw a man he knew and behind him was Savage.

Stuart Mills, prosecuting, said: "The defendant forced his way into the premises and went immediately to the victim’s wallet, removed the £60 and left."

The householder did not immediately tell police, but the next day Savage returned and banged on the window so he dialled 999.

When arrested, Savage denied responsibility but later pleaded guilty to theft.

The court was told that he has 60 previous court appearances including harassment.

Savage, of Wellington Road, Oxton, was sentenced to seven months imprisonment but as he has been remanded in custody for four months is expected to be released imminently.

The judge imposed a two-year restraining order to keep away from the victim.

Christopher McMaster, defending, said that the defendant, who appeared via video link from prison, is also vulnerable as he has "substantial difficulties."