A LIVERPOOL man has been jailed for five years for a distraction burglary on a 93-year-old woman in Wrightington.
Dennis O’Brien, 48, of Bibby Street, Liverpool, appeared at Lancaster Crown Court where he was handed the sentence after previously being found guilty by a jury of burglary with intent.
DC Steve Wilcox said: “O’Brien preyed on a vulnerable lady in a despicable, targeted attack.
“I am pleased with the sentence given to him and I hope it reassures residents that such criminals will be targeted and put behind bars.
“We will continue to work with residents to offer crime prevention advice on beating these kind of criminals.
“But I would always urge people to be cautious of anyone suspicious coming to their door and to report information to the police on 0845 1 25 35 45.”
On October 10 last year, O’Brien entered the property of a 93-year-old woman with the intent to steal.
Nothing was stolen from the premises as he left when he was disturbed by her carer. He was arrested by officers on the same day.
Kevin Murphy, 42, of Reeds Road, Huyton, also appeared at court today having been found guilty by a jury of burglary with intent in connection with the same offence. He will be sentenced in August.
Advice on keeping your home safe is available on the Lancashire Constabulary website, www.lancashire.police.uk.