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Two men who carried out burglaries targeting vulnerable elderly people have been jailed.

Troy Benjamin, 39, from Brent was found guilty of six separate distraction burglaries and one count of GBH following a trial at Harrow Crown Court. He was sentenced to nineteen years in prison.

John Wall, 44, from Haringey pleaded guilty to the same six burglaries and dangerous driving offences. He was jailed for six years, ten months. Both men were arrested on 9 October 2018 following a high number of burglaries targeting the elderly.

In one burglary, in September last year, an elderly woman went to put out her bins out in Brent. As she did so, she was approached by the men who said they were there to check her boiler. One then went with the victim to the kitchen and took the cover off the boiler while the second went into the house and stole cash.

Officers from the Met’s North West CID carried out a complex investigation involving in-depth telephone analysis. Their enquiries led to the arrest of Benjamin and Wall on October 9 2018.

Detective Constable Parminder Ahluwalia, who led the investigation, said: “This was a despicable series of burglaries with both men cowardly targeting elderly residents before tricking their way into properties to steal items, as well as using violence against a neighbour who tried to help his friend.

“We are pleased that the sentences they have been given reflect their callous actions and we hope the victims can now begin to leave this bad episode in their lives behind them knowing these two men are locked up in prison for the foreseeable future.”


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