Prison for Sheffield burglar who stole from vulnerable victims

A 29-year-old man from Sheffield who preyed on vulnerable victims has been jailed for more than six years for two counts of burglary.

Adam Rotherforth, of Lupton Road, Lowedges, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 11 January) to six years and eight months for the offences which took place in December 2016 and January 2017.

Investigating officer PC Paul Jenkinson, from Sheffield Performance Crime team, said: “In the first instance, Rotherforth tricked an elderly lady into letting him into her Batemoor home.

“While inside, he stole her purse that contained £200 in cash.

“In the second incident, Rotherforth targeted a vulnerable adult who suffers from autism. He visited the victim’s Lowedges home in the early hours of the morning to ask him to withdraw money from an ATM.

“When he was denied access, he smashed a window to climb in and threatened the victim with a bottle before making off with alcohol and electrical items.”

Rotherforth was arrested shortly after the second incident on January 3 2017 when he was charged and remanded.

He admitted both offences at an earlier hearing.

Pc Jenkinson added: “Rotherforth knew his victims were vulnerable and used this for his own gain.

“His behaviour was threatening and abusive and he thoroughly deserves to spend time behind bars.

“No-one should feel unsafe in their own home and we will continue to ensure that anyone who thinks they are above the law gets the punishment they deserve.”