A ROOFER cold-calling to drum up business stole money from a disabled Burton pensioner, a judge was told.
Kelvin Little barged in to 64-year-old Jacqueline Bloor’s home and took £35 from the pensioner’s sideboard.
It was the second time she had been the victim of doorstep sharks and had been issued with a panic button, Stafford Crown Court heard.
When she pressed it, the operator heard Osbourne demanding £100 from Ms Bloor for roofing work he had not done. The defendant told her:“I’ll take £50 now and come back for the other £50 later.”
Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said police had been alerted and officers saw Little running away from the victim’s property.
He slowed to a walk when he saw them and was arrested.
Officers searched him and in his pocket was the £35 stolen from Ms Bloor.
Little, 28, of Napier Street, Burton, who admitted a charge of burglary, was jailed for 18 months.
Recorder Dennis Desmond told him: “This was a distraction burglary at an address occupied by a retired lady suffering acute disability.
She lived in housing association accommodation and had been targeted before by dishonest people like you, although I accept you didn’t know that.
“When you saw her disability, you tried to dupe her, saying you had carried out some work and you had come for the money.
“This has made her very uneasy, it’s the second time it has happened to her.”
The court heard that Little had been working for a roofing company, had been given identification by them and on the day of the burglary, which took place earlier this year on June 19, was trying to ‘drum up business’.
At the time, he was out of jail on licence from a 54 month prison sentence imposed in 2010 for robbery.
Steve Hennessy, defending, said: “He is ashamed of the way he has behaved.
“This was an opportunistic offence.”