Thief dated his vic­tim

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

A “PREDA­TORY” thief dated a Jewish woman so that he could bur­gle her home.

Si­mon Cohen met his vic­tim, from Bore­ham­wood, through an in­ter­net dat­ing agency. When she in­vited him to stay the night, he took the op­por­tu­nity to pho­to­graph her house keys and bank doc­u­ments.

In two sub­se­quent break-ins he stole £550, an iPad and a Star of David. Po­lice ar­rested Cohen, 32, of Colin­dale, north Lon­don, by trac­ing him through the Find My iPad app on the stolen de­vice.

He was jailed for four years at St Al­bans Crown Court af­ter plead­ing guilty to two of­fences of bur­glary and two of­fences of possessing ar­ti­cles for use in fraud.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Warner told Cohen the of­fences were “mean and cyn­i­cal”. He said a pro­ba­tion re­port had rightly de­scribed Cohen as “preda­tory and ma­nip­u­la­tive”.

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