Callous thief jailed for string of offences

Callous thief jailed for string of offences

A THIEF who targeted an elderly woman and a partially-sighted man has been jailed for more than six years.

Nathan McBurney committed 11 offences during a three-month crime spree in Dewsbury, Batley, Ossett and Gomersal earlier this year.

On one occasion McBurney grabbed £250 in cash from the hand of an 80-year-old woman as she left a bank, having withdrawn the money to buy a present for a relative.

The 30-year-old then snatched £280 from a partially-sighted man outside Halifax Bank in Batley and also attacked a man outside a BP garage by forcing him against a wall and taking valuables from his pockets.

He has previous convictions for drug dealing, theft, robbery and breaching court orders.

McBurney also ran off with £40 worth of cigarettes from McColl’s newsagents in Ossett and committed similar offences at Co-op stores in Dewsbury and Gomersal on July 31.

In another incident McBurney stole a shopkeeper’s mobile phone, worth £1,000, when he refused to hand over tobacco at his business premises in Dewsbury.

McBurney (pictured right), of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to nine offences of theft and two of robbery. 

He was sent to prison for six years and eight months.

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