A drug addict who conned her way into a vulnerable pensioner’s home and took £250 was caught after a quick thinking neighbour photographed the burglar in action.
Marissa Main (41) of High Street, Ramsey, targeted the 66-year-old woman in Ramsey, harassing and badgering her into giving money.
Main turned up on her victim’s door five times in the space of six days, asking to borrow money and stealing jewellery.
Over the five days the woman gave Main £200 after the 41-year-old said she had no money to pay bills.
She was jailed for two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to burglary at Peterborough Crown Court.
Lyndsay Cox, prosecuting, said: “The defendant walked in on the first day, and had a good look around.
“The victim parted with money. The defendant said she needed help paying bills.
“The defendant also took jewellery out of a box, including a gold and diamond ring, which the victim had earmarked to give to her niece. She also stole £50 from the victim’s purse.”
The court heard Main visited the woman again on August 16, but was spotted by a neighbour of the victim, who took a photo and passed it onto police.
Gemma Stokes, defending, said: “She is a mother of three, and has had a heroin habit since her dad died at the age of 18.
“She was receiving £200 of benefits a fortnight, but had a £80 drug habit a day.
“Since she has been in prison awaiting sentence she had detoxed, and given clean drug tests.”
Judge Sean Enright, sentencing, said: “The victim was aged 66, but she was more vulnerable in my view than many of her age.
“You harassed her, and you badgered her. The victim felt isolated and vulnerable.”