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New Romney burglar jailed for five year

A burglar who stole from a man who gave him water has been jailed for five years.

Richard Todd knocked on the door of the victim’s New Romney home to request the drink and went on to steal their bank card before using it in fraudulent transactions in May 2019.

The 32-year-old, of Wickham Road in Fleet, Hampshire, admitted fraud by false representation but denied an additional count of burglary.

He was found guilty following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court and sentenced on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The court heard Todd knocked on the door of the victim’s St Andrew’s Road home at around 10am on 21 May.

He initially requested a drink and the victim helped by providing a glass of water.

Todd returned to the home five minutes later and requested to use the bathroom, which he was allowed to do. During one of these two visits, he stole the victim’s wallets.

Around two and a half hours later the victim received a phone call from a woman claiming to be from his bank.

She said she needed his pin number to confirm a lost wallet that had been found belonged to him.

The victim provided the number but, after discussions with his associates, realised he had been the victim of fraud and found £500 had been withdrawn from his account.

CCTV cameras captured Todd making the withdrawal from a convenience store in Dymchurch before going on to use the same card to top up a mobile phone in the store.

Police Constable Paul Marsh, the investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Richard Todd completely abused the generosity shown to him by the victim and caused a huge amount of distress in the process.

‘I am pleased we have secured justice and that Todd is no longer able to target other innocent people.

‘Burglary is a deeply intrusive offence that we are committed to preventing. We are well into our annual burglary campaign, which runs during the winter months.

‘Darker evenings and unoccupied homes due to people attending festivities make it easier for burglars to offend and I would encourage everyone to visit our website for advice that can help prevent such offending.’