Two men have been sentenced for more than 10 years at Carlisle Crown Court for burglary of a 77 year old deaf woman in her home.
Bryan Dance, aged 49, originally from Carlisle but living at Sherwood Avenue, Nottingham pleaded not guilty and his son Steven Dance, aged 25, from Borland Avenue, Botcherby pleaded guilty. Both men were found guilty of the burglary and sentenced to six years and four and a half years respectively.
It happened 22nd May 2012, when police were contacted by an employee of Deaf Vision on behalf of the woman. The victim has been deaf from birth and is limited in her communication skills. After the lighting system told her someone was at the door she went to see who it was.
Two men were stood there and she indicated that she was unable to hear them, but understood that they were there to sell her items. She let the men into her home made them cups of tea and bought £20 worth of items. When she came back after making more tea they had left and had taken £150.
Detective Constable Chris Hind said: “This was an appalling crime against a vulnerable, elderly, lady. These two men quickly recognised how vulnerable this person was and stolen from her, in total they were in her home for about 10 minutes.
"Not only were they able to quickly search other rooms and steal money which she had been keeping aside for her trip to the bingo but took back the items that they had sold to her. The sentence given today reflects the dreadful nature of this crime.
“I would like to that this opportunity to thank the victims care workers and interpreter at Deaf vision, who provided essential support to the victim.
“We continue to advise everyone to be careful who they let into their homes, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because someone has identification that they are from where they say. If you are uncertain, [telephone and] check with the company, otherwise don’t let them in and shut the door.”
If you are aware of any suspicious callers in your area or wish to speak to an officer about safety advice, ring Cumbria Constabulary on 101.