A woman has been jailed for five years after she stole from pensioners who were distracted or duped by her.
Sentencing June Langley at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said she had a bad record and it was clear she “deliberately targeted” elderly and vulnerable people in their homes “in order to steal from them in a wicked or mean way.”
“Courts have to send out a message they will protect the elderly from people like you.”
Simon Kealey prosecuting said on June 23 Langley and another woman tricked their way into the home of an 88-year-old man in Batley after he opened his door and found her crying outside
Once into his home they stole £100 from the pensioner who suffered from dementia. The next day they returned and while he was distracted stole a further £80.
On June 25 she went back again and stole a similar amount. She also burgled the home of a neighbour, a woman in her 50s, walking in through an open door asking for “Alan.”
While she was distracted Langley stole her handbag and purse. The same day she went to the home of a 90-year-old woman and stole her handbag.
Gillian Batts representing Langley said she realised she would be receiving a substantial sentence.
She had struggled for most of her life with alcohol and drug addiction which she had turned to as a way of trying to cope with other problems including having been the victim of serious abuse as a teenager.
“It is a very sad cycle of offending. She has spent most of her adult life in prison, she finds some stability in custody and fits in the system there.”
Langley, 45 of School Lane, Dewsbury, admitted four offences of theft and one of burglary.