Con­man who tricked OAP is jailed by court

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A con­man who be­friended a Peter­bor­ough pen­sioner and then stole from her has been jailed for more than two years. Steven Tweedie, (31), at­tempted to trick the woman out of her life sav­ings - and was only stopped when bank staff be­came sus­pi­cious. Peter­bor­ough Crown Court heard how Tweedie ap­proached the vic­tim in the city cen­tre in Jan­uary last year and en­gaged her in con­ver­sa­tion. Tweedie was ini­tially kind to the woman and be­gan to visit her at home. But he started bor­row­ing small amounts of cash, which he never re­paid, be­fore us­ing her bank cards to with­draw more money and buy items in­clud­ing two mo­bile phones.

He also used pa­per­work at the vic­tim’s ad­dress to ap­ply for new debit, credit and cat­a­logue cards in her name. On March 22 last year he at­tended a branch of San­tander, in Long Cause­way, with the vic­tim to with­draw all of her sav­ings and close the ac­count. Staff at the branch be­came sus­pi­cious and con­tacted po­lice.

When Tweedie, of Al­mond Road, Peter­bor­ough, was ar­rested he was found in posses­sion of bank state­ments and cards in the vic­tim’s name, com­plete with PINs. Of­fi­cers later dis­cov­ered Tweedie had also ap­plied for a li­brary card in the vic­tim’s name and had used com­put­ers there to re­search the value of her house. Tweedie was sen­tenced to two years and six months in prison at a hear­ing at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court, hav­ing pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to fraud and posses­sion of an ar­ti­cle for use in fraud. De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Aaz Tourabi said: “This was a de­spi­ca­ble crime where Tweedy preyed on a vul­ner­a­ble per­son to ex­ploit her for his own gain. “We are de­ter­mined to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties and wher­ever pos­si­ble pros­e­cute those who seek to take ad­van­tage of them.”

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