A professional burglar, who stole nearly £250,000 by targeting the Chinese community, has assets of just £1,100 which can be confiscated, a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Paul White, 41, and his uncle Peter White, 53, posed as smartly dressed businessmen to check out the homes of their victims before returning later to ransack the properties.
Houses in Horncastle and Woodhall Spa were among those targeted.
Paul White, who had a mistress in Lincolnshire, as well as a partner and three children in Merseyside, appeared to live an affluent lifestyle and always had plenty of money to spend.
He was jailed for seven years and four months at Lincoln Crown Court last November after he admitted conspiracy to commit burglary between 15 July and 11 October 2010.
Peter White was jailed for six years at an earlier hearing with his sentence to run consecutively with a four year sentence imposed at Swindon Crown Court in January 2011 for burglary.
Following the sentences, police began an investigation into the Whites’ finances, but a proceeds of crime hearing at Lincoln Crown Court was told they now had few available assets to confiscate.
The hearing was told Paul White made a criminal benefit of £248,943 from his criminal activity but just £1,095 was now available to be seized.
The court heard Peter White made a criminal benefit of £30,561 but had no available assets to seize.
Judge Micheal Heath made a confiscation order in the sum of £1,100 for Paul White and ordered Peter White pay back a nominal sum of £1.
The pair’s first raid took place at a property in Thomas Gibson Drive, Horncastle, when a Rolex watch and a small amount of cash were taken from the home of a Chinese family.
They broke into a house in King Edward Avenue, Woodhall Spa in August 2010 but left emptied handed.
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