Hartlepool man sentenced to three years in jail after stealing money from a woman in her 80s

A Hartlepool man has been sentenced to three years behind bars after stealing money from a woman in her 80s while cleaning windows at her home.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:43 pm
Kenneth Lowery was sentenced to three years in jail/ Photo: Cleveland Police
Kenneth Lowery was sentenced to three years in jail/ Photo: Cleveland Police

Kenneth Lowery, 52, of Bede Grove in Hartlepool has been sentenced to three years in prison at Teesside Crown Court this week for a burglary dwelling.

Kenneth stole £200 from the handbag of a victim in her 80s while carrying out work as a window cleaner at a Hartlepool property.

He knew the victim for several years and took advantage of his position, leaving the vulnerable woman upset after he stole the money which she had taken out to pay her bills, Cleveland Police said.

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Speaking of the sentence, T/Detective Inspector Rick Mansell from Stockton CID said: “Lowery had known the victim for a number of years due to his profession and he had gained the trust of the victim over this time.

“He took advantage in his trusted position and stole money which he had no right to do.

“The victim who is vulnerable had taken the money out shortly prior to it being stolen to pay her bills and was understandably upset that Kenneth had committed this crime.

“Lowery’s actions are unforgiveable and the sentence given to him is a welcome one.

“The Judge in this case and myself commend the victim for her bravery and courage in coming forward and reporting the burglary to police and for giving evidence. By doing this, she might have potentially prevented other people from becoming a victim.”

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