Woman jailed for burgling Good Samaritan's homes in Southend
A woman who burgled two homes in Southend after pretending that her car had broken down has been jailed for 14 months.
Nicola Collins, 25, of North Road, Westcliff, received 14 months for both burglaries, to run concurrently, at Basildon Crown Court today (Wednesday, March 7).
At 4pm on Monday, January 8, Collins knocked at a door in Chelmsford Avenue, claiming her car had broken down and she had no phone signal.
She asked to borrow the victim’s phone and for a glass of water and while the victim was distracted took a two-figure sum of cash out of her purse and left.
The following day Collins knocked at an address in Boston Avenue at 6.20pm and claimed that her car had run out of petrol near Southend Airport with petrol garages refusing to help her.
Collins asked to the use the victim’s phone and pretended to have made a call to a relative.
The victim made Collins, who pretended to cry, a hot drink. Collins then insisted that she would wash the cup up, put her coat on top of the victim’s bag, washed up and then left with the handbag, which included cash, keys and personal documents.
Officers quickly identified Collins as the suspect and arrested her at home at 10.40am on Thursday, January 11.
Investigating officer Pc Michael Brimfield, of Southend CID, said: “Collins pretended to be upset and received support and comfort from strangers, only to steal their belongings when their backs were turned.
“Collins put on an act and pretended to be stranded and in desperate need of help. She then preyed on her victim’s trust and good will for her own needs.
“Collins has shown no remorse for her actions and will now have time to think about them locked in a prison cell.”