Rhuddlan widow lost more than £3,000 after salesman burgled her home twice

Published date: 28 May 2014 |
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A WIDOW of 80 was believed to have lost savings of more than £3,000 when a vacuum salesman returned twice to burgle her home, a court heard.

Adam Herbert, aged 21, of Cornfield Close, Woodchurch, Wirral, was jailed for 30 months after he pleaded guilty to two burglaries at the pensioner’s Rhuddlan bungalow.
Caernarfon crown court heard he called at the widow’s home in February and cleaned her carpet. But he returned and her purse and money vanished.

The devastated victim felt a “fool” that she had been taken in by him, said prosecutor Emmalyne Downing.

She had been saving cash for two years.

In March, Herbert again went back to her home and, when she tried to grab his arm, he pushed the woman who walked with the aid of a Zimmer frame.

Miss Downing said a neighbour saw Herbert leaving with a handbag and getting into a car.

Police found his fingerprints at the bungalow.

Herbert told them he owed £1,400 for cannabis and had been threatened.

He had noticed the pensioner’s handbag contained bank notes while at her home.
Jayne La Grua, defending, accepted they were “mean” offences and said Herbert was deeply ashamed.

Recorder Geraint Walters told him: ”These two offences are extremely mean.
“They were committed by a man aged 21 against as vulnerable a victim as can be imagined.”

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