Con artist jailed for preying on elderly

Mandy Vickers, who has been jailed for a series of burglaries.

Mandy Vickers, who has been jailed for a series of burglaries.

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A TRICKSTER who preyed on OAPs by stealing from them during distraction burglaries has been jailed for more than three years.

During her crime spree Mandy Vickers tricked her way into the homes of pensioners by calling at their door and saying she needed a drink or the toilet.

Properties she targeted were in Balby, Hexthorpe and Mexborough.

When she left, the elderly occupants noticed items missing, including their purses and mobile phones.

Vickers, 25, was arrested in August and charged with two counts of theft following burglaries in Mexborough.

She appeared at Doncaster Crown Court in September where she was remanded in custody. However, while awaiting trial further evidence came to light which linked her to two more burglaries in Hexthorpe and Balby.

Vickers, of no fixed address, admitted the offences. She was locked up for 39 months when she re-appeared before the court.

Residents have now been warned to be on their guard against conartists.

Speaking after Vickers was jailed PC James Burton said: “I am really pleased with this result.

“Mandy Vickers targeted elderly vulnerable people in their homes and I am glad she has been given this sentence.

“I would urge the public, particularly the elderly to be vigilant to these types of burglaries.

“Distraction burglars will try anything to get inside the property.

“If you are not sure, don’t open the door. Always ask to see ID if they are claiming to be from a company.”