Sisters who “preyed on elderly” sentenced
Two women who targeted elderly people stealing cash and mobile phones have been sentenced to a total of 18-months imprisonment.
Sisters, Sally and Sarah Harcourt, 44 and 42, of Thatched Pavilion Court, Norwich, both pleaded guilty to offences and were sentenced at the city’s crown court on Thursday 3 June.
Sally Harcourt, admitted charges of handling stolen goods, theft, and two counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), while Sarah Harcourt pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.
The court heard how the sisters had befriended an elderly man and went to his property in Singer Court, off Calvert Street, in Norwich, on 8 March this year and stole £100 cash and his mobile phone.
In doing so, Sally Harcourt, was in breach of her CBO which prevents her from approaching people over the age of 65.
Both women were sentenced to a total of 18-months imprisonment and issued with CBOs with a condition not to enter any formal regulated or recognised sheltered housing establishment in Norfolk.
Early Help and Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Alli Dewar worked on the case and said: “These two women have a prolific history of targeting older, vulnerable people, so we welcome the prison sentences given by the court.
“Both sisters now have CBOs lasting five years which prevents them from going to any sheltered housing complex in the county. We hope this will go some way in preventing any potential for re-offending.”