A FORMER Sutton man who posed as a good samaritan before stealing a purse has been jailed for four years.
Sefton Mark Brown (32) appeared before Nottingham Crown Court 28th November where he pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and theft, and possession of a bladed instrument in a public place.
He was sentenced to 42 months for the burglary and theft, and eight months for the possession charge.
The court was told that at about 6pm on 26th August, Brown, previously of Alfreton Road, Sutton, and another man went to a house in Peveril Drive, Sutton, telling the resident they had seen someone hanging around her shed the previous night.
While she was distracted, with an offer of help to fix her fence, one of the men entered her home and stole her purse.
Shortly after there was an attempt to use one of the stolen bank cards at an ATM.
Brown was eventually traced thanks to his victim’s detailed recollection of events.
Crucially, she described one of the men as having a lisp and referring to the fact that he lived in Alfreton Road.
Officers recognised Brown from this description.
The other man has yet to be located.
Brown’s knife conviction relates to a separate incident on 30th August.
Inspector Carl Holland said: “This conviction sends a clear message to offenders out there that if you commit crime it will only be matter of time before we catch up with you.”