Woman who preyed on vulnerable people to steal over £1,000 jailed
Written by Rother Radio News on 20/11/2020
A woman who targeted vulnerable people in Doncaster to steal over £1,000 from them has been jailed.
Donna Burton, 33, stole from a vulnerable man and woman on two separate occasions to withdraw money from their accounts for herself.
She targeted her first victim in May this year. This 47-year-old, who lives in supported housing, noticed a bank card had been taken and over £1,000 was missing from her account.
The victim confronted Burton who admitted she had taken the card and cash but promised that she would pay her back.
But instead she went on to force her way into a 66-year-old mans home on May 31 and take his wallet.
The man’s card was then used to withdraw £300 from different local ATMs.
In both cases, officers were able to identify Burton on CCTV footage using the two cards in nine different locations across the town between 18 and 30 May.
Burton was arrested on June 2, and charged to court the following day.
DC Alicia Yorke, investigating, said: “The two victims of these offences are vulnerable members of our community and Donna Burton preyed on that vulnerability.
“They have both been brave enough to come forward to the police and have been invaluable in helping us secure a conviction.”
Burton, of Clarence Avenue, had previously admitted nine counts of fraud and one count of theft.
She was convicted of robbery at Sheffield Crown Court on November 19 and jailed for four years and two months.