TWO women posing as undercover police accused a vulnerable pensioner of downloading child porn to trick their way into his home to steal cash.
The pair were traced by real police officers after one of the women handed the victim a note with the “non-imaginative” name of Detective Inspector Regan on it. Detective Inspector Regan was the character played by John Thaw in 70s cop series The Sweeney.
Leeds Crown Court heard the note was found to contain Donna Reeder’s fingerprints. Reeder, 36, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to burglary and impersonating a police officer.
Keeley Collett, Reeder’s cousin, was jailed for five years and ten months after pleading guilty to three offences of burglary. Collett had targeted the 69-year-old victim’s on previous occasions.
Andrew Dallas, prosecuting, said the woman were carrying fake ID badges and had ear pieces when they called at the victim’s home near to Easterly Road, Leeds, at 9.30pm on June 21 this year. Reeder, of Amberton Crescent, Gipton, told the man that they suspected he had been downloading porn on his computer. Mr Dallas said: “He told them his computer was not connected to the internet. He took them to the back room and demonstrated to them that it was the case.”
Reeder distracted the man while Collett went upstairs and stole £160 in cash from the man’s bedroom. Collett, of Clarendon Road, Hyde Park, claimed she had been looking for evidence and barged past him when challenged by the victim. Mr Dallas said Reeder began making “arrangements” through a “nonexistent” radio. She handed the victim a written note with a number and ‘Detective Inspector Regan’ on it. Reeder phoned the man after the incident and told him she would need to come back to take a statement. Lawyers for the pair said the offence was linked to drug addiction. Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “In your case, Keeley Collett, you have shown no remorse.”