Grantham

‘Your behaviour was despicable’: Judge’s words for heroin addict who stole from elderly and vulnerable

A burglar who preyed on vulnerable and elderly people in Grantham has been jailed for five years.

Heroin addict Tracy Finney, 37, was also made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order which bans her from approaching residents in supported housing or those with special needs and the elderly for five years.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Finney, from Grantham, carried out a string of deception style burglaries during a three month crime spree earlier this year.

The first offence occurred on January 19 when Finney acted as a look-out for a burglary at the Living Health store in North Parade, Grantham.

Finney admitted using a bank card to buy goods worth £6.25 from a nearby shop after a handbag belonging to a cleaner was stolen from Living Health.

The next day (January 20) Finney stole a tablet computer from the home of an elderly man in Alexandra Road, Grantham, after knocking on his door and asking to use the toilet.

Finney targeted another elderly man in early March when she knocked on the door of a house in High Meadow, Grantham, and claimed to have been mugged, the court heard.

The man, who was registered disabled gave Finney £20.

She returned to the same property the following day and after she left the man noticed £800 was missing from his wallet.

Finney was identified by the victim but returned to his home on March 26.

The man fell to the floor after Finney pushed his door when he opened it.

While the man was on the floor unable to get up Finney stole his wallet which he had left on a side table.

Finney also admitted shoplifting four cans of Special Brew on March 12 and taking a purse containing £15 from a woman who lived in Witham Place, Grantham, on March 15.

On that occasion Finney knocked on the woman’s door after claiming to have been attacked.

Another man noticed an iPhone and his wallet containing £100 was missing after he invited Finney back to his home in Wharf Road, Grantham, when she claimed to be lost.

The court heard Finney, of Stour Court, Grantham, had 32 previous convictions for 60 offences.

She pleaded guilty to six charges of burglary, one assault, one fraud and two thefts between January 19 and March 26, this year.

Karen Walton, mitigating, said that prison had made a positive impact on Finney since she had been remanded in to custody.

Miss Walton told the court: “For the first time she has had a period of stability and support, and has been able to be drugs free.

“She left school at 14 but is highly intelligent.”

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Finney: “You are a thoroughly dishonest and deceitful woman and you preyed on the vulnerable and good natured.

“Two of the burglaries were on the same individual who is an elderly and disabled man.

“Your behaviour was despicable.”