Thief who stole from pensioner sentenced

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A cold-hearted thief who stole the bank card of an 84-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

Kamel Abdullah, 25, from Ilford in Essex, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft and two charges of fraud by false representation.

He appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Abdullah’s sentence follows his sickening theft from a pensioner on Tuesday, August 7, as reported in last week’s Gazette.

As the victim was using the cash point outside of Sainsbury’s, in Alnwick, he was approached by Abdullah who told him it was out of order, before taking the card as they were talking.

Police said it appeared that the offender then went to a nearby service station and used it to withdraw cash from the card.

However, on Friday, Abdullah was located in the Berwick area, following information about a vehicle which was possibly involved in the theft.

CCTV was also used.

He was arrested and charged to court.