Merseyside Police comment
following sentencing a 24 year old who burgled a 92 year old's home
MERSEYSIDE Police, on Wednesday, 20
April 2016, said that they are delighted to hear, 24 year old, Owen Lake, has
been jailed for 4 years, for a distraction burglary at the home of 92 year old
pensioner, in Netherton. Owen Lake was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court
earlier in April and this week jailed following the burglary at the home of a 92
year old lady in St Christopher's Avenue. It was heard in Liverpool Crown Court
that Lake called to the house in September 2014 and told the 92 year old he was
from the Council to look at her guttering. She invited him into her home and
while they were stood in the rear garden of the property he asked her if she
could change a £20 note. The lady went back into her house and returned with 2
£10 notes. Lake told her he no longer needed the change and walked back into the
house and left through the front door. When the lady got back into her house she
realised her purse, containing cash and debit cards and her passport was
Detective Inspector Matt Caton said:- "When he was interviewed Lake denied
the burglary and claimed he was only in the area as part of his window cleaning
round, asking residents if they wanted his services. He denied ever entering the
lady's house. Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court he was sentenced to 4
years and we hope the sentence serves as a warning to other people who try to
take advantage of vulnerable and elderly people. We would always advise people
to check the ID of strangers who come to their door. Genuine, legitimate callers
will always make an appointment 1st and will always carry proper identification.
They will not mind waiting outside while you look up their company and call to
check who they are. And if you still have any doubts, ask them to come back
another time when you can have a friend, neighbour or relative with you.
Neighbours can also play a big part in helping protect the more elderly or
vulnerable members of our community by keeping an eye out for them, making sure
they are okay and reporting anything untoward or suspicious to the Police."
Anyone wanting to report suspicious activity is asked to call Merseyside Police
on 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111. To report a
crime in progress call:- 999.