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11 September 2015, 10:28 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
A Nottingham woman who targeted elderly victims telling them she was a nurse has been jailed for six years.
Lorraine Saunders, 41, of Towny Court, Top Valley, stole jewllery and cash from three homes between November 2014 and February this year.
In order to gain access to the properties, she told her victims she was a nurse who was going to care for them.
Once inside, she stole cash and jewellery before booking a taxi to flee away from the scene.
She was identified through voice recognition software, which analysed the calls she had made from the home of her victim in February to book her taxi.
Officers listening to the recording identified the voice as belonging to Saunders, who was known to police and had a number of previous convictions from similar distraction burglaries.
Last week, on September 4 2015, she pleaded guilty to three counts of dwelling burglary.
Investigating officer DC Rob Spry said: “This woman preyed on vulnerable, elderly victims and the severity of the sentence shows how serious a crime this is.
“I would like to thank all the officers and the members of the public who helped us with the case, especially the victims, who have demonstrated great courage, and the taxi company in helping us to collate the evidence which has convicted Saunders.
“It is also a timely reminder about the need to take care when answering the door to unexpected callers. “Crime prevention advice which helps residents avoid falling victim to this kind of offending is available on our website here. ”