A shameless thief caught on CCTV robbing an aged disabled man on a mobility scooter in broad daylight has been jailed.
Andrew Merritt, 34, requested the 88-year-old sufferer if he may spare a few kilos and the sort pensioner took out his pockets and gave him £3.10.
CCTV confirmed Merritt – who had has earlier convictions regarding 118 offences – hugging the aged man earlier than grabbing his pockets and strolling away smiling.
Because the aged man pleaded for it again, the counted the big wad of £20 banknotes from contained in the pockets.
He then stored the money and dumped the pockets close by.
Andrew Merritt, 34, (pictured) robbed £1,100 from an 88-year-old disabled man. He had 188 earlier convictions
The second Andrew Merritt took the aged man’s pockets regardless of the sort pensioner giving him £3.10
The sort 88-year-old pensioner begs for his £1,100 again whereas Merritt counts out the wad of notes he has simply taken
Nottingham Crown Court docket heard Merritt stole £1,100 within the theft which occurred in Potter Avenue, Worksop, Notts., on August 1 this 12 months.
Witnesses went to the aged man’s help earlier than calling the police.
Footage reveals Merritt stopping in a doorway of a home the place he modified his T-shirt in a bid to keep away from detection.
Merritt was arrested after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.
Bodycam footage reveals Merritt being arrested as he lay on his mattress six days after the theft.
Throughout a police interview, Merritt denied stealing the cash, insisting the aged man had agreed to buy a motorcycle from him.
Merritt, of Cheapside, Worksop, later admitted theft and on Wednesday he was jailed for 4 years at Nottingham Crown Court docket.
He was additionally given a Legal Behaviour Order banning him from Workshop city centre for 4 years and ordered to pay a £228 sufferer surcharge.
The second the shameless thief, Merritt, walks off with the disabled pensioners money with a smile plastered throughout his face
Shameless Merritt ignored the pensioners pleas to return his substantial sum of money as he walked off and dumped the pockets
The court docket heard he has earlier convictions regarding 118 offences, together with theft, shoplifting, assault, breaching court docket orders and burglaries.
Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Nick Corridor, of Nottinghamshire Police, mentioned: ‘Merritt’s actions have been cowardly within the excessive.
‘He preyed on a weak man realizing he wouldn’t have the ability to cease him making off along with his cash.
‘When he requested for £2, the aged sufferer gave him that and extra, out of the goodness of his coronary heart.
Shameless Merritt videoed altering his shirt in an try to keep away from detection from the police after stealing from the defenceless outdated man
Merritt, who had 118 earlier convictions, was discovered by police six days after he dedicated the stunning theft
The second shameless thief, Merritt, is caught by police in his mattress after stealing over £1,000 from an aged man in a mobility scooter
‘It was a sort act of generosity and so it was staggering that Merritt repaid the gentleman’s empathy by robbing him of such an enormous amount of cash.
‘It was an especially merciless crime and I’m happy Merritt has been made to pay for his appalling actions.
‘I hope the end result at court docket gives the sufferer with some consolation in realizing that Merritt can not hurt anyone in our communities.
‘I would additionally wish to thank the witnesses who got here ahead with info in order that we may put Merritt behind bars.’