A “HEARTLESS” woman has been caught red-handed stealing from a deaf 92-year-old neighbour after her suspicious son installed hidden CCTV cameras.
Roy Porter and his partner Cherril decided to take action when they suspected money had been taken from his mother Hazel Bywater.
The pair captured the burglar Gillian Carlton King, 57, on hidden cameras rifling through the elderly woman’s belongings in her flat in Bridlington and stealing a box containing £185 from her kitchen.
The two motion-sensitive cameras were installed in the flat two weeks before capturing Carlton King in the act. Mr Porter handed the footage to police.
Mr Porter, 67, said: “She was directly in the camera line, but she knew exactly where she was going.”
Carlton King, a resident in the same block of flats, was charged with burglary. The former carer is serving nine months in prison after being sentenced at Hull Crown Court.
Mr Porter branded Carlton King “calculated” and “heartless”.
He explained how she would occasionally run errands for his mother and other residents at the flats.
There had been a spate of thefts at the sheltered housing but it was when Mrs Bywater’s £80 pension went missing that the couple acted.
Mr Porter now visits his mother up to twice a day due to the stress she suffered during the ordeal.
His partner, 63, said: “We had to catch the thief.
“Stealing is bad enough, but stealing from vulnerable people and the fact that she gained her trust it is a horrible thing to do.
“It is not the amount of money it is the anxiety that goes with it. She is not 100 per cent confident, she is a nervous person.
“We are a caring family and we do look after her and we do everything we can to make her comfortable and safe.
“I’m just pleased that we were there and she has got a family that care about her and were able to catch the thief.”
Detective Inspector Joanne Roe, of Humberside Police serious acquisitive crime team, said: “This offender’s actions have been despicable. She has preyed on residents at this sheltered accommodation, targeting the elderly and vulnerable. Her actions were cold and calculated towards the residents who have found the whole incident very distressing.”