A 25-year-old man who tried to trick his way into two elderly women’s homes late at night by posing as a policeman has been jailed.
During one confrontation, which left his victim terrified, Jordan Malton, who was drunk and had taken 20 sleeping tablets, put his foot in the door and asked for money.
As well as claiming to be an undercover police officer, Malton claimed his daughter had been kidnapped and he needed £500 to get her back.
He also claimed there had been a murder and at one point bizarrely accused the elderly resident of murdering his baby.
Malton tried to trick his way into two homes in Norfolk Close, Hartlepool, between 11.30pm and 11.50pm on May 21.
Emma Cruickshank, prosecuting at Teesside Magistrates Court, said of the first victim: “As the victim approached the door she asked who it is and the male’s response from the other side was ‘it’s the police’,
“Consequently the victim opens the front door to be confronted by the defendant Jordan Malton.
“The defendant immediately put his foot in the door preventing the victim from closing it, and the defendant has gone on to say he was an undercover police officer, that his colleagues were nearby and he was at her front door as there had been a murder behind Tesco.”
Malton, who appeared to be intoxicated, asked her for £500.
When the victim said she would not be giving him anything Malton turned more aggressive accusing her of killing his baby before breaking down in tears.
Malton, of Suffolk Close, Hartlepool, also claimed to be the police to 77-year-old woman who refused to open her door.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of impersonating a police officer, and one of fraud.
Neil Taylor, mitigating, said he did not target the victims due to their age adding Malton was ‘ashamed’.
Jailing Malton for 18 weeks, magistrate Peter Bacon described the offences as ‘heinous’ and told him: “You should hang your head in shame.”