Mean conman jailed

PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Michael Myers

Michael Myers

THIS is the face of a heartless conman who preyed on vulnerable old people. But he will not be troubling anyone for some time to come - he was sentenced this week to eight years imprisonment. Michael Myers struck twice on January 19, saying he was from th

THIS is the face of a heartless conman who preyed on vulnerable old people.

But he will not be troubling anyone for some time to come - he was sentenced this week to eight years imprisonment.

Michael Myers struck twice on January 19, saying he was from the water board and he needed to turn the supply off because there was a leak at a neighbour's house.

The first time his 82-year-old victim realised what was going on and shooed him out of the house.

Bit 35 minutes he was in Stevenage and calling at the home of a 94-year-old woman in Spring Drive.

He tricked his way in and stole £700 she had saved up to pay her carer, by taking her purse from her walking frame.

He was accompanied by another man who has not been caught.

Myers, who was convicted at St Albans Crown Court of two burglaries, had previous convictions for distraction burglaries.

Jane Bickerstaff, defending, said: "He is absolutely adamant he was not responsible for these offences."

She added that fortunately nobody was harmed or threatened.

Myers, 28, of Yeovil Road, Luton, was said to be among the youngest of a family of 14 children who could barely read or write.

Judge Stephen Warner told him: "These were burglaries targeted at elderly victims by you and your accomplice.

"These were mean offences - preying on elderly people casts a shadow over their lives at a time when they need and are entitled to expect to be secure in their own homes."

Det Supt Dave Newsome from Operation Manhunt, the specialist team which proactively targets distraction burglars, said: "This sentence is a fantastic result and is testament to the hard work of officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary in securing strong evidence against Michael Myers.

"He targeted elderly, vulnerable people and caused them unnecessary distress and I hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to other offenders.

"We will not tolerate crimes of this nature in Hertfordshire and are working tirelessly to ensure that people who commit these crimes are bought to justice.

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