A BURGLAR is behind bars for conning his way into the homes of elderly women.
Nathan Lee Makey, aged 35, of Boynton Road, Longley, Sheffield, was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to two distraction burglaries in Sheffield, both in September.
On September 1 he called at the home of an 80-year-old woman in Longley and pretended he was working for a cleaning company.
Once inside he asked if he could use her toilet and stole jewellery of sentimental value which had been bought by his victim’s late husband.
The following weekend Makey pretended to be a window cleaner and called at an address in Southey, where an 82-year-old woman lived.
He entered uninvited and started chatting to the victim but when he left she realised her handbag, money and other items had been taken.
Makey was jailed for both offences after a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
Detective Sergeant Shafiq Rehman, who led the investigation, said: “South Yorkshire Police will take positive action in dealing with this type of crime, where the victims are the most vulnerable members of the community.
“I am pleased this man has been convicted, making the community a safer place for the residents of Sheffield.
“Both elderly victims have been informed that Nathan Makey is now serving a lengthy prison sentence. They said that it was excellent news.”
DC Lee Morris, who investigated the break-ins said: “There was overwhelming evidence against Makey. He had no choice but to plead guilty.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of distraction burglary, whenever you answer the door, check from the window to see if you know the caller. If you’re not sure who it is, don’t open the door. Have a safety chain fitted and always attach it before opening the door.”