A 24-year-old man who targeted vulnerable victims in a series of distraction burglaries has been jailed for five years after being found guilty following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court (21 December).
John Carty, of no fixed address, was found guilty of three dwelling burglaries and two attempted burglaries.
Investigating Officer Susannah Taylor said Carty was shameless in targeting his victims: “On each occasion, Carty attended his victim’s homes, posing as a plain clothes police officer and showing a fake ID badge. Once inside, he told them either he was investigating fraudulent activity or accused them of tax evasion. By doing this he gained information about how much cash was kept in their homes, which allowed him to steal large amounts of money there and then, or return later to do so.”
“Carty preyed on vulnerable members of the community, using shameful tactics to intimidate and frighten his victims, before stealing large amounts of money. We are pleased with this sentence and hope it reassures people that crimes like these will not be tolerated.”
“We’d also like to ask people to remind elderly family members that police officers would never ask to see your financial details on the doorstep. The best advice is not to let anyone into your home, unless you are expecting a visit from a legitimate company and always ask for identification.”
**Please note we do not have a photograph of John Carty**
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