A CONMAN fleeced a 90-year-old woman out of more than £500 after tricking his way into her home.
Danny Carney also burgled the home of another elderly victim and stole £800 of her holiday money and a box of jewellery.
Cocaine addict Carney was also involved in a police chase in which he crashed head-on into a van.
Carney, of Woodbine Street, Ossett, was jailed for three years, eight months yesterday after pleading guilty to burglary, theft, dangerous driving and five offences of fraud.
Leeds Crown Court heard Carney targeted the 90-year-old woman, on May 26 last year, after knocking on her door and asking if she needed any gardening doing.
The woman agreed to let him do some work for payment and invited him into her home after he finished the work.
Carney stole the victim’s handbag as went she went to make him a drink. The bag contained her cash card and PIN number which he used to withdraw cash on four occasions. Carney then sneaked into the home of a 74-year-old woman on Towngate, Ossett, on June 5 as she was in her garden.
He stole the jewellery and cash and took a credit card which he used to withdraw £350 cash.
Later the same day police spotted Carney driving along Balne Lane, Wakefield.
He failed to stop for officers and sped off along Silcoates Lane before crashing into a parked car on Peacock Avenue.
He ran off after the collision and was arrested on August 13. The court heard Carney had been jailed in February last year for drug offences and was out on licence.
James Littlehayles, mitigating, said: “This was a nasty, mean offence against a vulnerable victim. There is no disputing that.”
Mr Littlehayales added that the offences were committed to fund his drug addiction.