AN inept conman who targeted vulnerable residents was traced by Solihull police after one of his victims grabbed his identity badge.
Steven Tedd from Weaver Avenue, Shard End pleaded guilty at Solihull Magistrates on Tuesday, July 6, to four counts of burglary and asked for another seven burglaries and attempted burglaries, to be taken into consideration.
The subcontractor worked for a national electricity firm and used his own ID when attempting to gain access to homes.
The 25-year-old admitted three burglaries in Smith’s Wood on May 28.
But he was rumbled on June 29 when a resident in Guernsey Drive became suspicious and snatched his ID card which had Tedd’s name, employee details and a photograph - leading police to his door.
Detective Constable Tim Kennedy of Solihull Police, said: “He certainly wasn’t cut out to be a conman! He left fingerprints at every location and wore genuine ID around his neck.
“After distracting residents he’d grab a few items. They weren’t thorough searches and across his 11 cons he got away with no more than a few hundred pounds.
“Our message is ask to see ID and phone the company or authority they claim to be from in order to check their story.”
Tedd will be sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on August 12.