A “DISGRACEFUL” criminal with a history of targeting elderly and vulnerable victims in distraction burglaries stole an 83-year-old woman’s savings.
Thomas Sykes was blasted by a judge who jailed him for five years after he preyed on her and barged his way into her Caerphilly home.
The notorious defendant has made national headlines in the past following a series of vile offences against senior citizens across the country.
Abigail Jackson, prosecuting, told how Sykes, from Wiltshire, has previously conned his way into homes by posing as a gardener and a council worker.
A former victim who he stole cash from included a 98-year-old man.
His latest quarry was tricked when the serial thief got into her home when visiting friends in Cardiff just before Christmas and took £600.
Miss Jackson said Sykes and an unidentified man had knocked on the woman’s door at offered to do gardening work before pushing their way in.
The prosecutor read to Cardiff Crown Court a victim impact statement written by the complainant’s daughter: “My…