Fraudster targeted vulnerable pensioner at her home in Leeds

Beverley Galfsky.

Beverley Galfsky.

A woman who targeted an elderly pensioner with dementia before stealing sentimental jewellery from her home has been jailed.

Beverley Galfsky took advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old victim before stealing a gold watch and chain from her home in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Galfsky saw the victim as an “easy target” after her partner had been involved in a minor traffic collision with the elderly woman’s vehicle in May of last year.

The pensioner had paid for the damage caused in the collision but Galfsky returned to her home on three occasions in a bid to obtain cash.

Matthew Harding, prosecuting, said Galfsky was seen on CCTV talking to the woman in the garden of her home in Bramley in June.

She then returned to her property a month later and took the jewellery. She went to a pawnbrokers later in the day and exchanged the watch and chain for £187.

West Yorkshire Police circulated an image of Galfsky in an appeal and she was identified after being recognised by a member of the public.

Mr Harding told the court that the victim had been left stressed and fearful of being alone at home as a result of her ordeal.

Galfsky, 42, of Whincover Driver. Farnley, pleaded guilty to burglary and two offences of fraud and was sent to prison for two years seven months.

She has a previous conviction for theft.

Michael Jowett, mitigating, said it was accepted that Galfsky had deliberately targeted a vulnerable elderly victim.

He said that the stolen property had been recovered and returned to the victim.

Mr Jowett said Galfsky committed the offences at a time when she was in debt. He added that she was ashamed of what she had done.

Jailing Galfsky, judge Christopher Batty said: “She was deliberately targeted because of her vulnerability, her mental health and her age.”

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