Burglar thwarted by quick-witted Cheltenham pensioner
BURGLAR Jason Turner met his match when he attempted to steal from the Cheltenham home of pensioner Keyna Ffield.
The 82-year-old outwitted the thief, who left empty handed, after she followed him around her home – denying him the chance to take her belongings.
Former heroin addict Turner had come into her home pretending to be a council official checking on her gas, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
When she thwarted his attempt, the 39-year-old of Overton Road, Cheltenham broke into a neighbour's home, taking a Playstation 3, laptop and mobile phone.
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Turner was jailed for 21 months for entering Ms Ffield's home as a trespasser with intent to steal and burglary.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said: "He told her he could smell gas.
"He flipped in front of her what he said was an identification document."
When suspicious Ms Ffield asked him a second time for ID, he said he was from the county council. Not convinced, she followed him around her home.
Desperate Turner then broke into another home on the street he lives. A representative of the probation service said Turner had a history of mental illness including schizophrenia and had a relapse of his heroin addiction at Christmas, before the crimes on January 8 this year.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Turner: "You are a man that has had very considerable problems. You went into this old lady's home, but she was too sharp for you and you did not get the opportunity to steal anything."