Conman jailed for burglary

17/05/2013

A conman who stole 600 euros from an elderly woman after befriending her as she walked home with a Zimmer frame through Watford was jailed for 15 months today, Friday 17 May.

David Chambers, 25, approached Anna Bifolco as she walked home from the supermarket telling her that her son had arranged for him to check her radiators.

Prosecutor David Chrimes said that once inside the house in Chester Road he stole 600 euros from her purse, fleeing once he heard the 76 year old calling her son on the phone.

The money had been saved by Mrs Bifolco for a trip back home to Italy, said Mr Chrimes.

He was arrested after the police traced him through a fingerprint found on a bank card in the purse.

Chambers of Swallow Park, Surbiton pleaded guilty to burglary on 14 January this year.

Defence barrister Amer Asghar said Chambers had hidden his £50 a day Class A drug addiction from his family. He said Chambers, who is not able to read or write, wanted to repay the money and was ashamed of what he had done.

Judge Stephen Gullick told him: "This was an extremely serious offence. This was the targeting of a vulnerable victim. Those who are vulnerable will always have protection of the courts. You and others must understand if you break into the home of elderly people and steal possessions imprisonment will follow."

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