Trio sent to prison for Leeds hotel scam

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Three men have been jailed for a scam in which they stole credit cards from hotel conference goers and then tricked victims into parting with bank details.

Anthony Brookes, John Lawlor and Michael McConnell travelled the country targeting hotels which were holding conference events and struck twice in Leeds.

Brookes, 46, and Lawlor, 48, went into the Bewleys hotel on April 11 and stole a wallet from a guest’s jacket

One of the men later rang the victim claiming to be from his bank and he told them his pin number and other details.

McConnell, 50, then posed as the victim at bank in Morley and managed to withdraw over £7,000.

They trio then struck again in the city a week later at the Novotel and stole bank cards belonging to another conference goer. He refused to give any details when he was contacted later.

All three men, from Coventry, admitted three offences of theft and two of burglary.

Brookes was jailed for two years, Lawlor for 20 months and McConnell for 16 months.


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