conman' jailed for burglary and thefts in Burnham-On-Sea
man has this week been jailed for four and a half years after admitting
conning a vulnerable man out of more than £40,000 as well
as a burglary and theft in Burnham-On-Sea.
McCann, 42, of Naaz Lane in Gloucester, pictured, was described
as "a cowardly, conniving conman" by Judge Cullum when
sentencing him at Bristol Crown Court on Monday (20th February).
admitted four counts of fraud committed between 2013 and 2014.
had befriended a vulnerable 63-year-old man after offering to carry
out work at his Bristol home and went on to strip him of his assets.
He also admitted the theft of a wallet from the house.
also admitted breaking into the Burnham-On-Sea home of a couple
in their seventies to steal cash and high value jewellery, including
several diamond rings, a sapphire engagement ring, and a wedding
ring in April 2016, as well as offences of being unlawfully at large
in 2015 and driving with no insurance in 2016.
was arrested after being stopped by officers on the M4 at junction
22, Avonmouth, on Thursday 15 December 2016.
3222 Alastair Binnie said: "John McCann targeted a vulnerable
elderly man, winning his trust and persuading him that he was his
friend before fleecing him. Not satisfied with this he was also
responsible for burgling the home of a couple in their seventies,
smashing the patio door and stealing jewellery of great sentimental
John Underhill, who leads the investigative strand of the specialist
team dedicated to investigating this type of burglary, added: "The
efforts of our specialist team have been significant in bringing
this man to justice. These detectives are so passionate in their
work to detect these types of offences and protect the most vulnerable
members of our community by bringing offenders to justice."
Police have this week given advice to local people who have vulnerable
elderly relatives, friends or neighbours.
out information about common scams and how to report them on the
Action Fraud website and let them know what to look out for; Help
them to get three quotes from reputable trades people if they need
to have work done on their home or garden; If you're worried that
a vulnerable person is paying over the odds for maintenance work,
work that's unnecessary or is carried out to a poor standard, report
it to Trading Standards through Citizens' Advice on 03453 04 05
06; Help them get to the bank - or with online banking - to encourage
them not to keep cash at home."