Thief drank tea with widow as he fleeced her

Scott Bolland
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A DRUG addict who stole more than £900 from an 84-year-old widow he had known since he was a child has been jailed for more than three years.

Scott Bolland, 32, plundered £958 from the pensioner’s bank accounts after stealing two cards and pin numbers during one of numerous visits to her home in Batley in March.

Leeds Crown Court heard Bolland, of Lady Ann Road, Soothill, Batley, chatted to the pensioner, drank tea with her and asked to see photographs of her late husband.

Bolland also stole £100 pension money from her purse and jewellery, which he sold to a pawnbroker’s for around £30.

Bolland admitted charges of burglary and theft carried out between March 10 and March 24 this year.

Prosecutor, Sobia Ahmed said Bolland went to the OAP’s home on March 10 and told her had run out of petrol and asked for £10.

Miss Ahmed said: “He stayed at the complainant’s address and had a cup of tea and asked to see photographs of her late husband.”

Miss Ahmed said Bolland made numerous other visits to the pensioner’s home.

After he left on one occasion she noticed £100 pension money was missing from her purse and on another occasion she realised her two bank cards and pin numbers were gone.

Police were alerted after numerous cash withdrawals totalling £958.85 were made from her bank accounts.

Miss Ahmed said Bolland sold jewellery he stole from the woman’s home to a pawnbroker’s in Batley.

Anastasis Tassou, for Bolland said: “He has known this lady since he was about seven-years-old. He would describe her as a family friend.

“There is no suggestion he has stolen from her in the past. What drove him to commit theses offences is heroin, which he has been addicted to since 2006.”

Jailing Bolland for three-years-and-nine-months, the Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Colier QC told him: “They are dreadful offences.”

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