Harlow man who tricked and stole from pensioner jailed

Crime / Mon 22nd Jan 2024 at 03:27pm

A BURGLAR who tricked a man in his 80s so he could take his wallet has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Darryl Smith, of Berecroft in Harlow, claimed he had been assaulted when he knocked on his victim’s front door in September 2023.

The 86-year-old let him into the property to use the bathroom and change his clothes, but while inside Smith took his wallet and bank cards before leaving.

Smith, 37, used the cards to buy about £120 of cigarettes, alcohol and scratchcards before he was arrested three days later.

CCTV footage from the businesses he visited, as well as fingerprints from his victim’s home, led officers to secure a charge of burglary and two counts of fraud on 14 September 2023. He was also charged with the possession of a Class B drug.

On Friday 12 January 2024, Smith pleaded guilty to the burglary charge, having previously pleaded guilty to the other three charges. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Detective Inspector Karen Knibbs said: “The custodial sentence for this crime reflects the severe impact burglary can have on victims, no matter the value of the items taken or money spent.

“Smith took advantage of the kind nature of his victim, lying to him to gain entry to his house and burgle him.

“The hard work of our team meant Smith had no choice but to plead guilty to all the charges against him, sparing his victim the ordeal of a trial.”

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20 Comments for Harlow man who tricked and stole from pensioner jailed:

2024-01-22 16:53:51

I wonder how he would feel if it happened to one of his elderly relatives.

Big Dave fernhill
2024-01-22 17:08:59

Darryl Smith total vermin scum family of Harlow should have got alot longer when I see him will smash him up pie key mug

2024-01-22 17:36:24

18 months is not enough for this type off crime how long will he really serve judges need to understand whot this does to old people. and hand out much longer sentences even if prisons are full make them ready thing whot he has done. he will be out in six months to do it to another eaderly person 👀🤮

2024-01-22 19:01:51

Should be 18 years, until real sentences are handed down this will crime will continue to be a life style choice

2024-01-22 19:46:18

Turkey - he’s probably already cleaned out his relatives before he made his way to mateys house!

2024-01-22 20:33:36

If you are going to risk going to prison, do something worth it like a huge bank robbery with tights on your head, not steal from a kind old person. He’s going to get laughed at in prison- and more.

2024-01-22 21:07:16

The man is a disrespectful pig

Darryl Smith . Waste of space
2024-01-22 22:20:14

Darryl Smith should of been alot longer this Is a name the people in Harlow know is a name of police/drugs /scammers/ etc etc waste of space

2024-01-22 23:35:12

Today's britain manufactures people like this lad. Chaves everywhere, partly a choice but so many people have no hope or aspirations.

2024-01-23 06:36:40

What a w##er waste of oxygen stealing of the vunreble sums this creature vile human being up sentence too short should of been 10 years

Luke Burton
2024-01-23 07:40:43

18 months is a joke. Should be life imprisonment as he will come out and scam more pensioners.

Nogin the nog
2024-01-23 09:46:03

He is the lowest of the low and should be punished whith a longer sentence and whith hard labour send him to rewander see if he likes that

Mr Grumpy
2024-01-23 12:22:55

And the Government want XL Bullies neutered and muzzled. They clearly chose the wrong species!!

2024-01-23 19:50:55

Good. So what was wrong with my comment of before that you haven't printed!!!!!!! Again.

2024-01-23 20:31:49

Hope he gets what's coming to him what a pig doing that to a helpless old man.

2024-01-23 20:37:33

If he was a member of my family I wish the pig rotten in hell

Pie key traits
2024-01-24 08:47:12

Waste of oxygen the usual traits of pie keys preying on the old and vulnerable hang the barstad

2024-01-24 08:58:24

Should be breaking rocks in a quarry or digging ditches, and not laying on his bed watching TV. Put chains around his ankles and get him outside working for his porridge.

2024-01-26 10:03:13

Waste of space just like all the family.

2024-01-27 08:50:55

Big Sal , that's a great idea. NOT!!

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