A man has been jailed for four years for carrying out a distraction burglary at the Dunstable home of a woman in her 90s.
Patrick Myers, 37, of no fixed address, was sentenced to four years in jail at Luton Crown Court on Thursday, September 20, after being found guilty of the distraction burglary.
At around 9.30am on Monday, May 21, the woman discovered Myers standing in the hallway of her flat. Myers pretended to be another householder looking for the source of a water leak, which he said was running into the flat below. He asked her to go into the bathroom and turn on the bath taps to check the water pressure.
Myers told her to keep the water running for at least five minutes and whilst she was doing so, he stole her purse from her handbag in the living room and made off.
The shocked victim called the police and was able to give a very detailed description of Myers, which was recognised by the officer who attended the scene.
Detective Constable Rachel Lydon, investigating, said: “I’m pleased that this offender has now been taken off the streets for a considerable amount of time, in which he’ll be able to reflect on his actions.
“Distraction burglary, especially of the more vulnerable members of our community, is extremely cruel and callous.
“At Bedfordshire Police we are committed to reducing burglary, and the sentencing of Myers demonstrates this is a crime we take very seriously.”
Myers was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170. A further offence was ordered to remain on file.