'Gardening' Offer Burglar Jailed
A burglar has been sentenced to three years in prison for distraction burglaries in Bristol.
All three offences happened within eight days last year. On each occasion the burglar had visited property offering to do gardening work in order to get in and steal property. On two occasions he was left alone whist a cup of tea was made for him and on both occasions he then made excuses to leave and a wallet and money was later found to be missing. On the final occasion, on October 1, he was let in and paid £100 to do some gardening work but he then saw the police at the front door and he smashed a back window and ran off.
The burglar, Thomas Sykes, 22, was sentenced to three years in prison for the three burglaries. He was given an additional 18 months for fraud by false representation and one month for failing to provide a drug sample. The sentences will be served concurrently so the total length of the sentence was three years.
Speaking after court, a police spokesman said: “In all these cases Sykes targeted frail and vulnerable elderly women who lived alone. He exploited the fact that they were immobile to search their houses for items to steal whilst their backs were literally turned. We are very pleased that a thorough police investigation has led to Sykes being convicted for these despicable offences.”