Distraction thief jailed

Jailed distraction burglar Luke Wall
Jailed distraction burglar Luke Wall

A DISTRACTION burglar who preyed on the elderly stealing cash and jewellery has been jailed for more than seven years.

Luke Wall (29) conned his way into the homes of vulnerable people claiming to be from the water board.

He would trick his victims into thinking they had an urgent problem with their water – getting householders to turn on taps while he searched the property for leaks when he was really hunting for valuable belongings.

Wall’s identity was made public in March after an incident in Norwich was linked to others around the county, including four in Fenland. He fled Norfolk and handed himself into police in Anglesey two months later.

Wall, of no fixed abode, appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary. The court also took 37 similar offences into consideration which took place across Norfolk. He was sentenced to a total of seven-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Pete Jessop said he was pleased with the outcome and hoped it offered reassurance to Wall’s victims.