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 Burglar who tricked his way into elderly man’s home appears in court


​A man who tricked his way into the home of an elderly vulnerable man and stole his wallet has been convicted.

Davey Jones attended the man’s house on Neasham Road, in Darlington, last Thursday (August 8) claiming to be a window cleaner.

After cleaning the windows with a watering can, he then asked the 90-year-old victim if he could change some money for him, which he agreed to do.

Jones followed the victim into his home and snatched his wallet which contained £500 before making off on his bike.

Extensive CCTV enquiries were carried out by officers and appeals placed on social media, which led to his arrest on Monday evening.

The 29-year-old, of Pateley Moor Crescent, was charged with burglary and appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court yesterday (August 14) where he pleaded guilty to the offence.

He will be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on a date to be decided.

Detective Sergeant Grace Holohan, from Darlington Priority Crime Team, said: “This was a horrendous incident on a very vulnerable member of the community which caused great upset to him, his family and the community as a whole.

“Jones invaded a vulnerable, elderly, disabled man’s home where he should be able to feel safe. We hope the subsequent sentence will reflect the crime.”