Man jailed after stealing from 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer in Baldock

Sean Fury was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday

Sean Fury was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday - Credit: Archant

A man who stole from an 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Sean Fury pleaded guilty to seven offences of burglary and fraud – mainly targeting the elderly – and was given a 40 month sentence at St Albans Crown Court on Friday.

The 32-year-old stole a large quantity of cash from the pensioner, who lives in Baldock, on March 17 when he visited his house claiming to be from the council.

He also committed offences in Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and Potters Bar.

Fury, of Bloomfield Road in Harpenden, was arrested following an investigation carried out by Operation Manhunt – Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist unit set up to investigate distraction burglary and other crimes against the elderly.

Detective constable Samantha Casey, who is from Operation Manhunt, said: “Fury targeted people who he knew were older and who he could con into getting money from them.

“Some of his victims were vulnerable because they suffered with memory problems, were immobile or lived alone. During sentencing the Recorder Patrick Fields commented that these were ‘predatory offences against the old and vulnerable’.

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“It’s despicable that someone would go out of their way to target people in this way and it is vitally important we look out for our older relatives and neighbours. If you believe someone may be acting suspiciously around your neighbour’s home, or may be having work done which may not be needed, please contact police immediately so we can attend and investigate.”