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Carer jailed for stealing from vulnerable man to fund trip to America

A carer has been jailed for stealing cash from a vulnerable man in Dudley to fund a trip to America to meet someone she had met online.

She has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. Credit: PA Wire

Sarah Grey, 44, was working as an assistant care co-ordinator for Dudley Council when she was appointed to ensure that the 50-year-old’s finances were appropriately looked after.

Instead of helping manage his money, she encouraged him to take out a loan and then pocketed the money for herself.

Grey, from Lapwood Avenue in Kingswinford, stole more than £7,000 between April 2014 and March 2015, running up a credit card bill that she had applied for in his name.

She was rumbled after her bosses became suspicious and reported her to the police.

When arrested in November 2015, Grey admitted to stealing thousands of pounds and told officers she had built up debt when a relationship ended in 2010.

But when detectives looked into her finances, they found that Grey had spent over £3,500 to fly to the USA to see someone she had met online.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one offence of theft and has been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 14 months in prison.

This man was vulnerable and needed help with day to day chores and finances.

He thought Grey was there to help him and he trusted her implicitly, giving her access to his bank account. But she abused that trust and used her position to fund her personal life. Her employer was quick to take action and informed us as soon as this deception came to light. We respect today’s decision and hope that this brings some closure to the victim.

– DC Simon Forscutt, from the force’s Adults at Risk Team

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Man jailed for breaking into three-year-old's bedroom and escaping in family's car

A 26-year-old man from Dudley has been jailed for over six years after he broke into a family home through a child’s bedroom window, threatened the family and escaped in their car.

Ben Timmins broke in through the window and made off with the family's car.

Ben Timmins, from Sudeley Gardens in Gornal, was sentenced to 74 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery.

The court heard how unemployed Timmins broke into the house in Turls Hill Road, Sedgley in the early hours of 29 January.

A couple living at the house were woken at 4am to the sound of a large bang coming from their three-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

After rushing to check on their child, they found a man climbing through the bedroom window, which had been smashed with a house brick.

Timmins then threatened to harm the family in front of the child if they didn’t hand over the keys to a pale gold Skoda Superb car parked outside.

He then threw the house brick at the man, causing minor injuries. After that Timmins climbed out through the window and escaped in the car worth £5,000.

A short time later the vehicle was found on its roof and forensic enquiries led officers to identifying Timmins as the driver. He was later arrested and charged.

This was a terrifying experience for the family involved. Timmins entered the family home through a child’s bedroom window in the early hours of the morning.

He then threatened her parents in front of the traumatised child, before stealing their car.

After Timmins had crashed the stolen car, police found gloves and keys belonging to Timmins left in the vehicle and he was arrested. When taking part in an ID parade, the victims managed to pick him out and Timmins later admitted the crime.

– Detective constable Neil Payton, Brierley Hill police station

Teenager charged with firearms offence

A 19-year-old man from Dudley has been charged with firearm offences and will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

He was arrested from Westminster Close in Dudley. Credit: Google Street View

Shaun Scott, unemployed, from Westminster Close, was arrested by police after they searched his address and discovered a pistol and live ammunition, along with a BB gun and a quantity of cannabis on Friday.

He has been charged with possession of a firearm, possessing ammunition without a certificate, harassment and possession of cannabis.

Scott was remanded into custody and will appear before Dudley Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

Anyone who has information about gun and gang crime is urged to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Three arrested after seven-week old puppies were stolen in burglary

Three teenagers have been arrested after two seven-week-old bulldog puppies were stolen in a burglary in Wolverhampton.

Two white bulldog puppies were stolen in Wolverhampton. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two 16-year-old boys from Wolverhampton and a 17-year-old boy from Dudley were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of burglary. They have been bailed with conditions while police enquiries continue.

Officers are continuing to investigate the theft of the two white French bulldog puppies from an address in Beccles Drive in Portabello on 22 January.

They were seven-weeks-old when they were stolen on 22 January. Credit: West Midlands Police

Our enquires are on-going and we continue to appeal for anyone with information about the break-in and whereabouts of the puppies to come forward.

The puppies were seven weeks old when they were stolen and too young to be parted from their mother. Anyone who has been offered these pups for sale should call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Sergeant Nicki Addison from Wolverhampton CID
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