A man in his 30s has been found guilty of committing ‘despicable’ crimes against three elderly people, including entering a home by force and forcefully stealing a necklace from around an 80-year-old woman’s neck.

Dwayne Brown, 38, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison last week after pleading guilty to three crimes against elderly people in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes in the spring.

On May 10, Brown posed as a gas engineer while visiting a property in Viscount Way. He then forced his way into the house, pushed the victim, a man in his 80s, into a table and stole his cardholder from his trousers. The stolen card was later used to make a fraudulent purchase at Asda.

On May 16, the 38-year-old stole a handbag from a property belonging to a woman in her 70s in St Martin’s Street before using her cards at Tesco and Asda, and on May 18, Brown followed a woman in her 80s home on his bike, before entering her back garden and robbing her of her gold necklace by pulling it with force from around her neck.

He then went to a nearby Cash Converters alongside another man, who Brown paid to cash in the stolen necklace.

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He was arrested on June 13 and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment following a two-day hearing at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, November 28.

Brown pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud, two counts of robbery and one count each of burglary, handling stolen goods and theft.

None of his three victims were injured during the incidents.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Christopher Smart, of the Priority Crime team based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “Dwayne Brown has meticulously targeted the vulnerable elderly people in the area of Bletchley.

“I am very pleased that Brown has been convicted of these despicable crimes targeting those most vulnerable in society.

“His attempts to evade police by hiding out in London were futile.”