A brazen thief who stole £1,000 from an aged girl with dementia has been jailed.
Lee Walker, 38, took his sufferer’s financial institution card from an handle in Keyworth and withdrew the cash from a close-by money machine on three separate events.
He was discovered when a involved member of the family checked the sufferer’s financial institution statements and seen three suspicious withdrawals on Friday 25 and Monday 28 September this yr.
Conscious that it will have been unattainable for the 84-year-demntia and Alzheimer’s sufferer to make these withdrawals, the member of the family phoned the police.
Walker was caught when police shared a cashpoint CCTV picture on social media and he was recognized by members of the general public.
Additional investigations revealed that the thief had visited his sufferer on two separate events – giving a special begging story every time earlier than taking and returning the cardboard.
Showing at Nottingham Crown Court docket on Monday 7 December Walker, of no fastened abode, pleaded responsible to 2 counts of theft from the individual and was jailed for 15 months.
PC Paul Henson, of Nottinghamshire Police, mentioned: “This was a brazen, shameless and cowardly act from an offender who purposely focused a susceptible aged girl who lived alone.
“Maybe unsurprisingly the Nottinghamshire public shared our sense of revulsion at this offence and the CCTV photos have been unfold far and extensive. After we arrested him Walker had grown a beard however – thanks in no small half to the big tattoo on his neck – we have been capable of place him on the scene of the crime and show past doubt that he had certainly dedicated these offences.
“Sadly there are individuals like Walker on the market who prey on aged and susceptible individuals, so we might suggest that family and friends maintain an in depth eye on susceptible kin and instantly report any suspicious visits to their handle of withdrawals from their accounts.”