A teenager who targeted OAPs during a string of fraud, theft and burglary offences has been handed a four-year jail term.
Ally Gillan, 19, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on April 1 to three counts of fraud, one count of burglary and one count of theft.
Most of Gillan’s crimes, all of which were committed between February 27 and March 27, involved him claiming to be a window cleaner and accepting money from residents as payment.
For a distraction burglary in Tweed Drive, Bletchley, where he entered the house claiming to be a window cleaner and stole a bag of coins from the 85-year-old male occupant, Gillan was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, with six months to be served concurrently for breach of restraining order.
For a fraud at Kelsey Close, Tattenhoe, where he attended the home of an 89-year-old woman and her husband and claimed to have been the victim of crime, resulting in the victim giving him £100, Gillan was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and six months’ imprisonment to run concurrently for breaching restraining order;
For a fraud at Lenthall Close, Bradwell, where he attended the home of a 78-year-old woman claiming to be from her usual window cleaning firm and requesting payment of £20 which the victim gave him, Gillan was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and three months’ imprisonment to be served concurrently for breach of restraining order;
For a theft at Hills Close, Great Linford, where Gillan attended the address of a 78-year-old woman claiming to be from a window cleaning company (while there, he wiped over the window ledge using a sock and stole £6 and a glass from outside the property), he was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and three months’ imprisonment to be served concurrently for breach of restraining order.
For a fraud at Shilling Close, Pennyland, where he attended the address of a 72-year-old woman claiming to be from her window cleaning company (having been paid £6 by the occupant for the impending cleaning, he did not complete any cleaning), Gillan was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and three months’ imprisonment to be served concurrently for breach of restraining order.
Gillan was also sentenced to a further one month’s imprisonment for a breach of a conditional discharge that was imposed in January 2015.
Det Con Caroline Vendy of Milton Keynes CID, said: “These types of offences, where the elderly members of our society are targeted, will be dealt with as a priority and as robustly as possible. This was a satisfying result for the victims of these crimes.”
A further three similar offences were taken into consideration which took place in Quinton Drive, Bradwell, on March 10, Mitcham Place, Bradwell Common, on March 15, and Spoonley Wood, Bancroft Park, on March 24, where a total of £60 was taken from the victims across the three offences.