The 200weeks Scum of the Week award goes to James Connors, 18, James Thomas Connors, 20 & Jerry Cassidy, 29 all from Middlesex.
These low-lifes were responsible for more than 70 distraction burglaries where they tricked their way into elderlyÃ‚Â folks’ houses & stole money & valuables amounting to some Ã‚Â£70,000.
This week they appeared at Winchester Crown Court where they were each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment .
Their M.O. Was to pretend to be police officers or from the water or gas boards, gain access to an elderly person’s home & once inside they would steal what they could find.
One such victim was 88-year-old Kathleen Renham. The men posed as police officers & once inside her home they ransacked her bedroom before stealing Ã‚Â£600 from her purse. She died a few months after. Her daughter said “How can they do it to people like that who are elderly? I think it had a seriousÃ‚Â effect on her health . It wasn’tÃ‚Â the bubbly mum that we knew anymore, but she could have gone on had she not been stressed by this.”
Another victim was 91 year old Alathea Tyler who had Ã‚Â£700 stolen.
The gang were eventually nicked in a stolen car in Scotland.
The distraction burglary is most common among Irish travellers & many offences involve unnecessary violence against frail old people who have been seriously injured at the hands of some pretty appalling scumbags who target some of the weakest & most vulnerable members of society, people who could do nothing to protect themselves.
One victim suffered a heart attack after being lo ked in her own room & 5 died shortly after becoming victims of the gang.
Once inside their victims’ houses, they often threatened them with a wooden truncheon into handing over cash & valuables.
During one burglary they took a pensioner’s Ã‚Â£20,000 life savings & on another they took as little as Ã‚Â£5.
The detective in charge of the case suspects them of maybe three times the amount of offences they have been charged with. He described them as violent & threatening who “displayed noÃ‚Â sense of shame for what they did, & remained callous & unapologetic throughout.”