CALLOUS thief Carl Jackson, who preyed on elderly women, has been jailed for five years.
Jackson, of no fixed abode, was responsible for 11 muggings, robberies and thefts in the space of 20 days.
The bag-snatcher admitted to police that he had targeted older women because they wouldn’t fight back.
At Warwick Crown Court last Thursday, Judge Marten Coates gave the 25-year-old a five-year prison sentence.
His mum was in court to hear the verdict, but did not want to comment to the press.
A week before, the thief had pleaded guilty to four robberies and asked for six muggings and a theft to be taken into consideration.
He robbed ten women in total, mostly in north Solihull - but he also stole money from his grandparents’ home in Alum Rock.
As the crime spree continued, police stepped up patrols and urged local people to be on their guard.
Jackson was arrested on October 7, after pouncing on an elderly lady in Craneberry Road. He was chased and arrested by officers.
When interviewed, he said that he had struck during daylight because it was harder to tell a victim’s age in the dark.
Michael Duck, defending, said that Jackson was a heroin-user and that he had not used gratuitous violence towards his victims.
Det Insp Neil Thomas, from Solihull Police, paid tribute to the “commendable community spirit”.
“I’d particularly like to thank local residents in Chelmsley Wood who were appalled by this man’s behaviour,” he said.