A YOUNG woman who preyed on OAPs across South Yorkshire by carrying out distraction burglaries while their backs were turned will be spending the New Year behind bars.
During her crime spree, 25-year-old Mandy Vickers struck at homes in Mexborough near Rotherham as well as Balby and Hexthorpe in Doncaster. She was sentenced to three years and three months in prison after admitting two counts of theft and two of burglary.
Vickers was first arrested in August and charged with two counts of theft, after she tricked her way into the homes of elderly people in Mexborough by asking for a drink or saying she needed the toilet.
When she left, the pensioners noticed property missing, such as purses and mobile phones.
She appeared at Doncaster Crown Court in September where she was remanded in custody but, while she was awaiting trial, further evidence came to light which linked her to two further offences of burglary.
They had been committed when she also tricked her way into the homes of elderly people in Hexthorpe and Balby.
Vickers, of no fixed address, admitted the offences and appeared at Doncaster Crown Court, where she was sentenced to 39 months in prison by the judge.
One of the officers in the case, PC James Burton, said he was ‘really pleased’ with the result.
He said: “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 a 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.”