Ham&High reports… A Muswell Hill thief has been jailed for more than six years for a spate of distraction burglaries targeting vulnerable elderly people in their own homes.
John Wall, 44, of Halliwick Road helped his violent accomplice Troy Benjamin prey on old people.
The Crown Court heard that the pair approached a house on September 20, their first burglary, telling an elderly man there had been a leak next door and asking to check there was no flooding in his property.
While one thief pretended to check the kitchen taps, the other searched upstairs, taking a quantity of cash before both left.
A similar raid was carried out six days later at the home of an elderly woman. She was putting out her bins when they told her they were there to check her boiler.
Wall was jailed for six years 10 months and disqualified from driving for 70 months after pleading guilty to six burglaries and dangerous driving offences.