A Sheffield woman has been jailed for over five years after pleading guilty to a series of burglaries targeting a pensioner with Alzheimer’s disease.
Gina Dexter, 39, of Wensley Street, Sheffield was sentenced to five years and five months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (8 October).
In July and August this year, Dexter carried out three burglaries in the Firth Park area, each time targeting the same property. On each occasion, Dexter managed to gain access to her elderly victim’s home by asking to use the toilet or for a glass of water.
Investigating Officer Jo Swift said: “Once she got inside the house, Dexter then rummaged through purses and bags, taking coins, cash and on one occasion food from the victim’s fridge.
“Despite family members installing CCTV and confronting Dexter, asking her not to visit the house again, she continued to target the property. On the third occasion, the victim’s son witnessed Dexter leaving his mother’s house and called police, who attended and detained Dexter a short distance away.
“Dexter is a shameless individual, she targeted an extremely vulnerable and elderly woman in her own home. I am satisfied with the sentence she has received and I hope it is reassuring for the victim and her family, as well as the wider public. We are working extremely hard to bring people that commit offences like this before the courts.”
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