Conman who targeted elderly people is jailed

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A FRAUDSTER who teamed up with his father and brother to con vulnerable elderly people has been jailed.

Jesse Webb, 19, worked with his older brother Jimmy Chuter, 26, and dad Albert Webb to steal thousands of pounds from elderly people.

The trio travelled from Surrey to Portsmouth to con pensioners, some with dementia.

Chuter and Webb senior had pleaded guilty but Webb junior was only captured after a warrant was issued and he was jailed for 12 months yesterday for conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Detective Constable Kieran Doyle from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Manhunt, said: ‘We were able to arrest his father and brother and bring them before the courts but Jesse evaded police so upon their sentencing, we issued a wanted appeal to trace Jesse.

‘I’m pleased that he has had his day in court. These really were shameful crimes and it’s beyond belief that they could stoop so low to pick out their victims and follow them home, and then make them believe they had carried out repairs to their house.

Thirteen pensioners were tricked by the trio between September 11, 2013 and November 19 the same year.

In one shocking incident an 85-year-old woman was approached in Portsmouth on October 10, 2013 while she was on her way home from the shops. She was told work had been done on her house and she needed to pay a man.

When she arrived home one of the crooks was waiting for her and she gave him £250 – he even took her to a bank where she withdrew £1,400 for him.

The trio travelled down to the city in a silver Mercedes C200 and police believe they made £15,000. Proceedings have started to get the cash back.

In total they committed 35 offences between February 2012 and October 2014 in Hertfordshire, Avon and Somerset, Oxford and Surrey.

Chuter, of Montrose Avenue, Datchet, was given four years for conspiracy to defraud.

Webb senior, of Loncin Mead Avenue, New Haw, Addlestone, was sentenced to 42 months for conspiracy to burgle, conspiracy to defraud and a stand-alone charge of fraud for a historic matter.

The offences in Portsmouth were in and around Milton Road and London Road.

Det Con Doyle added: ‘This sends a warning to others that no matter where you commit your crime, we will uncover the full extent of your criminality.’