A man pretended to book his own funeral so he could steal an undertaker’s handbag containing her bank card.
Calvin Henry, 58, snatched the handbag from behind the counter and legged it when the staff member left the room to make him an appointment at the funeral home in Sherwood, Nottingham, on January 4.
The woman discovered her bank card had been used to make transactions and CCTV caught Henry using the bank card and later raiding two other shops.
He went into a staff only area in a bakery in Lister Gate, Nottingham, where he stole a back pack, coat and bank cards.
Henry then splurged out on four bottles of whiskey at a supermarket and also swiped cash from a till at a food shop.
He earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and three counts of fraud by false representation.
Sergeant Louise Ellis said: ‘Henry used distraction techniques to get into staff only areas of a number of stores in order to steal whatever he could get his hands on.
‘Hard-working shop staff should be able to do their jobs without having to worry about people stealing from them and violating their privacy like this.
‘We were able to quickly track down Henry, arrest and charge him so I hope the victims are comforted by the robust police response.’
Henry was jailed for 16 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
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