A brazen thief who stole £1,000 from an elderly lady with dementia has been jailed.
Lee Walker, 38, took his victim’s bank card from an address in Keyworth and withdrew the money from a nearby cash machine on three separate occasions.
He was found out when a concerned family member checked the victim’s bank statements and noticed three suspicious withdrawals on Friday 25 and Monday 28 September this year.
Aware that it would have been impossible for the 84-year-demntia and Alzheimer’s sufferer to make these withdrawals, the family member phoned the police.
Walker was caught when police shared a cashpoint CCTV image on social media and he was identified by members of the public.
Further investigations revealed that the thief had visited his victim on two separate occasions – giving a different begging story each time before taking and returning the card.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 7 December Walker, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from the person and was jailed for 15 months.
PC Paul Henson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a brazen, shameless and cowardly act from an offender who purposely targeted a vulnerable elderly lady who lived alone.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly the Nottinghamshire public shared our sense of revulsion at this offence and the CCTV images were spread far and wide. When we arrested him Walker had grown a beard but – thanks in no small part to the large tattoo on his neck – we were able to place him at the scene of the crime and prove beyond doubt that he had indeed committed these offences.
“Sadly there are people like Walker out there who prey on elderly and vulnerable people, so we would recommend that friends and family keep a close eye on vulnerable relatives and immediately report any suspicious visits to their address of withdrawals from their accounts.”