A care worker who carried out terrifying raids at the homes of former clients while armed with a knife has been jailed for ten years.
Aatish Popat, 39, gained knowledge of the layout of the homes from visits he had made in a professional capacity.
He later returned to the properties in Leicester - on one occasion armed with a blade to threaten an elderly man and steal cash.
Popat pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated burglary, one count of burglary and one count of possession of a control class B drug.
He was jailed for ten years, to serve a minimum of seven years, at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.
The court heard Popat struck on 1 September after an elderly man reported he had been confronted by a masked man with a large knife.
CCTV was recovered which captured the suspect approaching the property and unlocking the front door.
On leaving the property, he was seen getting into a vehicle which was registered to Popat.
Popat was arrested at his home address on suspicion of this offence, charged and remanded to appear at court.
Detectives established similarities with another burglary on 1 July where valuables were taken from another address.
Cash, bank cards and a digital camera were taken from the home while the occupant, a disabled man, was sitting on a balcony outside.
Footage from a nearby doorbell camera showed again a masked man of similar description entering the flat and leaving three minutes later with the stolen property.
The care agency, which looks after both victims, were spoken to by police and confirmed that Popat worked for them between October 2020 and May 2021.
He had visited both of these men during his time with them.
Popat was re-arrested and charged with the extra offence after his fingerprint was found on a bedroom door – a room that carers had no reason to go to.
The drugs charge related to a quantity of cannabis found at Popat’s home when officers searched it.
Detective Sergeant Paul Woods, of Leicestershire Police, said: “Popat quite clearly targeted these victims being fully aware of their vulnerabilities and exploited them for his own financial gain.”