Drug addict who stole £1,500 from pensioners in cash card scam gets suspended jail sentence

Southend Standard: Drug addict who stole £1,500 from pensioners in cash card scam gets suspended jail sentence Drug addict who stole £1,500 from pensioners in cash card scam gets suspended jail sentence

A DRUG addict stole more than £1,500 from elderly shoppers as they used Basildon town centre cash points.

Nathan Brown, 29, watched his victims punch in their pin numbers, before reaching over and snatching their card as it was ejected from the machine.

He would then run to another cashpoint and withdraw large sums of cash before the victim had a chance to report it to police.

He was handed an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court.

The court heard Brown and an accomplice, who has never been caught, robbed 69-yearold Ibrahim Mustafe on June 25 as he checked his balance at HSBC in Town Square on June 26.

Later that day Brown stole £180 from 81-year-old Marie Keanon at the Natwest bank cashpoint. Sasha Bailey, prosecuting, told the court Brown used a similar method to steal £300 from Gwyneth Boatman, 83, as she used the Lloyds TSB cashpoint.

He also attempted to steal from John Thompson, 64, as he used a cash machine at the Santander bank in the town.

Brown stole £300 from William Elliott as he withdrew cash at an ATM in Isleworth and £500 from Beatrice Mumbella as she used a machine in Snaresbrook, London.

The court heard Brown was caught after police stopped a VW Golf he was travelling in on April 4 and found him with £500 and Ms Mumbella’s debit card.

Brown, of Beckton, London, told the court he had stolen to fund his drug habit.

In addition to the two-year suspended sentence, he was given a one-year supervision order, and put on a drug rehabilitation programme.

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7:49am Sun 15 Dec 13

Complete_Nutter says...

Seems kind of worth it for £1500.
Seems kind of worth it for £1500. Complete_Nutter

8:18am Sun 15 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Why don't these people ever get charged with drug offences, instead it seems to be used as a mitigating factor.
Why don't these people ever get charged with drug offences, instead it seems to be used as a mitigating factor. Nebs

9:56am Sun 15 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Druggies, the scum of the earth, they stop at nothing to feed their filthy dirty habit ...
Druggies, the scum of the earth, they stop at nothing to feed their filthy dirty habit ... InTheKnowOk

10:41am Sun 15 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

This criminal has been put on a drug rehabilitation programme so in effect he is receiving more help from the system than his victims, suspended sentence?…where is his punishment for heavens sake, no wonder we live in a society where scum go around mugging and robbing people because out of touch courts and Judges consistently fail to hand out harsh deterrent punishments to these criminals.
This criminal has been put on a drug rehabilitation programme so in effect he is receiving more help from the system than his victims, suspended sentence?…where is his punishment for heavens sake, no wonder we live in a society where scum go around mugging and robbing people because out of touch courts and Judges consistently fail to hand out harsh deterrent punishments to these criminals. Test Tickle

1:28pm Sun 15 Dec 13

emcee says...

What, exactly, do you have to do, short of murder, to get put inside these days?

The justice system = Pathetic.
What, exactly, do you have to do, short of murder, to get put inside these days? The justice system = Pathetic. emcee

1:48pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Nebs says...

emcee wrote:
What, exactly, do you have to do, short of murder, to get put inside these days?

The justice system = Pathetic.
Fail to pay your council tax.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: What, exactly, do you have to do, short of murder, to get put inside these days? The justice system = Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Fail to pay your council tax. Nebs

3:49pm Sun 15 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Not naming his accomplice and will prob go back to his mate and start all over again. No punishment.
Not naming his accomplice and will prob go back to his mate and start all over again. No punishment. jolllyboy

4:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Alfiee says...

And they say crime does not pay. Our Justice Sytem is the laughing stock of the world.
And they say crime does not pay. Our Justice Sytem is the laughing stock of the world. Alfiee

6:55pm Sun 15 Dec 13

My Britain says...

More scum
More scum My Britain

10:12am Mon 16 Dec 13

whataday says...

He knew perfectly well what he was doing. It was premeditated and all thefts from elderly people. Yes he should go on drug rehab. but all his personal effects should be taken from him and sold and used towards compensation to the victims. What's the betting he has had several arrests for similar in the past
He knew perfectly well what he was doing. It was premeditated and all thefts from elderly people. Yes he should go on drug rehab. but all his personal effects should be taken from him and sold and used towards compensation to the victims. What's the betting he has had several arrests for similar in the past whataday

1:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nebs says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Not naming his accomplice and will prob go back to his mate and start all over again. No punishment.
Maybe he did name his accomplice, which is why he got a lenient sentence. Obviously the police can't go straight round and nick the accomplice, or it would be obvious he was grassed up and so may endanger the grass, but they will bide their time and get him at the appropriate moment.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Not naming his accomplice and will prob go back to his mate and start all over again. No punishment.[/p][/quote]Maybe he did name his accomplice, which is why he got a lenient sentence. Obviously the police can't go straight round and nick the accomplice, or it would be obvious he was grassed up and so may endanger the grass, but they will bide their time and get him at the appropriate moment. Nebs

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