Jail for crook who targeted OAPs

Stephen Carmody
Stephen Carmody

A HEARTLESS burglar who raided the homes of elderly neighbours in a shocking three-day crime spree has been jailed.

In the space of just 72 hours “greedy” Stephen Carmody, 30, of Sutton, targeted the homes of several elderly neighbours - stealing cash and mobile phones.

His oldest victim was 83.

He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary and robbery.

Amazingly, Carmody admitted targeting homes along Hoghton Road - the road on which he lives - as well as nearby Brotherhood Drive and Hoghton Close between Friday, June 21, and Sunday, June 23.

Carmody also admitted carrying out a further burglary and attempted burglary following separate incidents in Frederick Street and Hoghton Close.

Each of the homes he targeted are little more than a stone’s throw away from his home address - where he was eventually arrested on the evening of June 23.

In one of the incidents, Carmody forced his way into the home of an 82-year-old woman and snatched the victim’s handbag - which had £200 cash inside.

Jason Pulford, the Neighbourhood Inspector for Parr, Sutton, Bold and Four Acre, said: “The sentence handed out to Carmody reflects the serious nature of his crimes.

“These were callous crimes, motivated by greed. Carmody showed no regard for his vulnerable victims, who he targeted specifically because they were elderly.

“Although his victims were not injured, all have been left very distressed by their ordeals. I hope this sentence brings them some sense of justice and allows them to move on.”