Fraudster who stole from elderly is jailed

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A PROLIFIC crook who duped her victims into believing they were helping charity has been jailed for six years.

Kayleigh Mitchell, 25, committed a series of distraction burglaries and frauds across Hampshire, including in Waterlooville, and as far as Dorset, Sussex and Wiltshire.

Mitchell, of Croydon Close, Southampton, pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to eight burglaries and four frauds. She asked for a further three burglaries and nine frauds to be taken into consideration by the court.

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Steve Deeprose, senior investigating officer, said: ‘Mitchell was targeting vulnerable and elderly people by pretending to be collecting for charities. She was heavily pregnant at the time and used this to her advantage.

‘She persuaded her victims to part with cash claiming it was for a variety of charities, and if she managed to get beyond the doorstep she would go on to distract her victims and steal valuables from their homes.

‘In one case she took jewellery and a handbag from an elderly lady. On other occasions she took cash. Mitchell was identified through descriptions that her victims offered and by taking full advantage of forensics.’