Carer jailed for burglary and fraud - Bedford

18/05/2017

A Bedford carer who burgled a home in the town in the middle of the night went straight to Tesco's to make contactless purchases with the victim's bank cards.

Sukhvinder Thapar, aged 35, was jailed for 21 months today, Thursday, 18 May 2017, after a Judge heard he had got into a home in Goldington Road, where he had previously worked, while the victim and her disabled husband were asleep.

Prosecutor Prithvijit Notu Hoon told Luton Crown Court that the woman had left her £145 handbag in the kitchen. There was £100 in her purse, a few coins and two bank cards. Her driving licence, a pen valued at £550 and other items were taken. The bag and its contents were worth £1620, said Mr Notu Hoon.

In the morning, the woman received a text from Barclaycard to verify contactless transactions that had been carried out in the Cardington Road Tesco store in the early hours. They were valued at £42.70. A First Direct card had also been used to make contactless payments totalling £90.59.

He also used cards that had been stolen from the wallet of a man who lived in Malvern Road, Bedford and used them to obtain £400 worth of goods.

Thapar, of Elstow Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to burglary and two charges of fraud committed in August last year. He had two convictions for burglary from 2001 and 2003.

Defending, Misbah Zahid said that, at the time, Thapar was waiting for his wife and child to have permission to come to the UK from India. "He had two jobs and was trying to make ends meet. He was at home and found himself drinking with a friend. He ran out of drink and went out to buy more drink. The burglary took place on impulse."

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