A CONMAN who dropped his own, genuine ID at a victim’s home - leading police straight to him - has been jailed for three-years.
Steven Tedd, 25, of Weaver Avenue, Sheldon had used the badge to bluff his way into 11 local homes.
But the bungling burglar came unstuck when a quick-thinking woman, from Smith’s Wood, snatched the pass.
Appearing at Warwick Crown Court last Thursday (August 12), Tedd admitted several burglaries.
Conning his way into victims’ homes, claiming that he needed to check the meter, Tedd escaped with jewellery and small sums of money.
Most of the burglaries were in Chelmsley Wood, but he also targeted Smith’s Wood, Shard End and Bromford.
His luck ran out when he called in on a 54-year-old, who lives in Guernsey Drive.
The woman became suspicious and as soon as Tedd left, she checked her jewellery box and found that £600-worth of valuables had gone.
Rushing outside, she managed to grab the badge - which led officers straight to the thief’s front door.
After he was caught on June 29, Tedd appeared at Solihull Magistrates and he was committed to crown court for sentencing.
Det Con Tim Kennedy, from Solihull Police, said: “Tedd’s were amateurish burglary attempts; he left fingerprints at every location. It’s odd that he was prepared to take such risks for relatively little reward.
“The offender has no history of burglary, had a decent job and appears to come from a stable family, so quite why he chose to commit these crimes is baffling.”