Conman jailed for ‘fleecing’ pensioner out of £40,000
PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:00 21 February 2017
A ‘cowardly, conniving conman’ who preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims has been jailed after stealing expensive jewellery and defraunding a pensioner of thousands of pounds.
John McCann, aged 42, conned £40,000 from a man in Bristol and also stole cash and rings from a house in Burnham-on-Sea.
The 42-year-old was jailed for four and a half years at Bristol Crown Court.
McCann’s befriended his first victim in 2013, committing four counts of fraud.
He offered to help out a 63-year-old man by carrying out work, but instead stripped him of his assets and stole his wallet too.
Last April he then broke into the house of a couple in the 70s, who lived in Burnham.
He stole several diamond rings, a sapphire engagement ring, a wedding ring and cash.
McCann, of Naaz Lane in Gloucester, pleaded guilty to all those offences as well as being unlawfully at large in 2015 and driving with no insurance in 2016.
Detective Constable Alastair Binnie said: “John McCann targeted a vulnerable elderly man, winning his trust and persuading him that he was his friend before fleecing him.
“Not satisfied with this he was also responsible for burgling the home of a couple in their seventies, smashing the patio door and stealing jewellery of great sentimental value.”
Judge Michael Cullum said McCann was a ‘cowardly, conniving conman’ when jailing him yesterday (Monday).