A DISTRACTION burglar who led police to him by using his own, authentic ID badge to trick his way into pensioners’ homes has been jailed for three years.
Steven Tedd – a subcontractor who worked for a national electricity firm – used the identification pass to convince Solihull residents he needed to carry out meter checks in their homes.
That badge featured his name, employee details and even a photograph – and when one of his victims snatched the lanyard it took officers straight to his home address in Shard End.
The 25-year-old tried the ruse 11 times – getting away with small sums of money and jewellery – but his luck ran out in Smith’s Wood on June 29 when a resident in Guernsey Drive became suspicious and snatched the ID as he fled.
And at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday (August 12) Tedd, from Weaver Avenue, received a three-year custodial sentence after admitting multiple burglaries.
Detective Constable Tim Kennedy from Solihull Police, said: “The length of this sentence shows how seriously courts view these type of ‘bogus official’ burglaries where thieves con their way into vulnerable people’s homes.
“Tedd’s were amateurish burglary attempts; he left fingerprints at every location and even wore genuine ID around his neck. It was only a matter of time before we caught up with him.
“He targeted maisonettes, properties he thought would be occupied by elderly folk, claiming he’d been sent to check the electricity meter and plug sockets.
“After distracting residents he’d grab a few items or rummage through handbags seeing what he could find. They weren’t thorough searches and across his 11 cons he got away with no more than a few hundred pounds.”
Tedd admitted three burglaries in Smith’s Wood – two in Auckland Drive in addition to his final effort in Guernsey Drive – and another in Chelmsley Wood’s Carrisbrooke Avenue on May 28. In one of his Auckland Drive burglaries he stole just £10.
Most of the seven other offences he owned up to occurred in Chelmsley Wood, whilst two were in Shard End and another took place in Bromford.
DC Kennedy, added: “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.
“Our message to residents is that if you have any doubts about the authenticity of visitors then don’t let them into your house. Ask to see ID and phone the company or authority they claim to be from in order to check their story.”