Man jailed for preying on victim, 85

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A THIEF who stole more than £800 from an elderly man after stealing his wallet outside Waitrose in Buckingham has been imprisoned for three years.

Kevin Nanton, 43 of Milton Keynes was sentenced at Amersham Crown Court last Thursday after a jury found him guilty of theft. Nanton had denied stealing the 85-year-old man’s wallet.

On March 26, the man had his wallet stolen while shopping in Waitrose. Later the same day the thief phoned the victim and conned him into believing he was from the bank. The victim gave Nanton his PIN number and his cards were used to steal £863 from his account.

Officers viewed CCTV from Waitrose, the cash machine at the Co-op store in Wolverton where the money had been withdrawn and council and police CCTV in Buckingham.

A police community support officer identified the suspect as Nanton, who had been released from prison eight days previously for committing this type of offence.

At the trial, Nanton admitted using the stolen cards to withdraw the money but denied stealing the wallet.

Recorder Mr Goodwin said he was appalled by the actions of Nanton, who had more than 160 convictions with a history of preying on elderly and vulnerable victims. He sentenced Nanton to three years in prison.

PC Vince Higgins said: “I am very happy with the outcome of this case and the prison sentenced given to Nanton, who is a persistent offender.

“Nanton clearly has no regard for his actions, preying on vulnerable members of society. He was identified, arrested, and charged swiftly, which has prevented more people from becoming his victims.”