Burglar posed as police to trick Birmingham elderly
A man who posed as a police officer to con his way into the homes of four elderly people before stealing cash, has been jailed.
Jason Fellowes, 38, convinced residents he was investigating past burglaries to gain entry to their homes, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
The Stechford man was caught using DNA evidence from a stubbed cigarette.
Fellowes had denied but later admitted four counts of burglary and was jailed for four years and nine months.
Fellowes, of Badgers Way, first targeted an 83-year-old woman in West Heath on 24 July 2015, when he flashed a police ID card and claimed he was investigating a previous burglary.
The woman later realised her CCTV camera and £300 in cash were missing, the court was told.
He also stole £130 from an 81-year-old in Kings Norton; £600 from a 72-year-old in Quinton and £200 from a 68-year-old in Yardley.
He was caught when he dropped a cigarette stub at the Quinton address and police were able to identify him from previous charges of distraction theft.
Fellowes was arrested on 13 October but initially denied any involvement in the trickster thefts.
He later admitted the charges and was sentenced on Tuesday to four-and-a-half years in prison, and an additional three months for dangerous driving.
Sgt Sandy Thompson said: "Fellowes had done his research: twice he targeted homes that had suffered break-ins previously and claimed he was there following up new leads.
"He suggested he was carrying out security checks to ensure any money kept in the house is safe, but of course it was a ruse to get them to point out where money is kept and when the victim's back was turned he pocketed cash."