A man from Greenwich has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for burgling the home of a 112-year-old woman.
Jesse Coker targeted his victim at her home in Southwarl Park Road in January. He knocked on her door, pretending to be there on official business. He pushed past her, rifled through her handbag and stole her purse, before pushing back past her and running off.
A number of neighbours followed Coker and alerted police, before losing sight of him.The following day, one of those witnesses saw the suspect on the Old Kent Road and flagged down a passing police car, explaining the situation to officers who arrested him.
He admitted the offence at Woolwich Crown Court. Detective Constable Mark Powell said: "Coker picked on a vulnerable victim who he believed to be an easy target but he didn't consider the bravery of the victim or the tenacity of her neighbours who were commended by the judge at today's sentencing.
"It is thanks to them Coker was apprehended so quickly and allowed police to conduct a thorough investigation, giving him no choice but plead guilty. I hope the sentence handed down to Coker today demonstrates that police in Southwark will not tolerate burglars who target the vulnerable and neither will the community."