A woman who tricked her way into the home of a vulnerable pensioner before stealing cash and sentimental items has been jailed for two years.
Leeds Crown Court heard Keeley Collett, 33, carried out the offence with a teenaged boy as she stole £185 from the elderly woman’s home in Beeston, Leeds.
Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, described how Collett knocked on the victim’s door on Telford Terrace on September 13 this year after asked if the youngster could use her phone.
Two days earlier Collett had called at the woman’s home and had been allowed to use the phone.
Miss Hancock said the victim took pity on Collett and allowed the pair into her home. The teenager then asked to use the toilet and went upstairs and stole the pensioner’s purse.
The purse contained cash and newspaper cuttings on her late husband.
The pair ran off and the purse was recovered in a hedge half an hour later, minus the cash. Collett was arrested and identified by the victim but continued to deny having any involvement in the offence.
Collett, also of Telford Terrace, later pleaded guilty to burglary. The court heard Collett has a history of offending linked to her addiction to heroin.
While on remand in prison she has become free of the drug and was sorry for what she had done. Recorder Bryan Cox was told Collett was ashamed of her actions and accepted that she had to be punished.
Jailing her two years, Recorder Cox said: “You understand that offences such as these can only be dealt with by a custodial sentence. The seriousness of what you did arose from the fact that the victim was a vulnerable elderly lady and you knew her.”
He added: “I have no doubt that you were someone who, over the years, has been in the grip of heroin and has been unable to overcome your addiction as your offences have been committed in order to feed your addiction.”