Burglar who targeted elderly is jailed for four years


A burglar who preys on elderly people has been jailed.

Candice Cush, 28, of Edinburgh Close, Bedford, was sentenced to four years in prison for a burglary in Bedford on February 18.

Cush knocked on the door of a man’s house in Spencer Road then, when he answered, pushed him to the ground and entered the house, stealing approximately £100.

The victim, who is in his 80s, contacted police and Cush was arrested two days later.

On Tuesday she pleaded guilty to burglary at Luton Crown Court and was jailed.

Detective Constable Chris Avery said: “We are delighted with this result and pleased that justice has been done. This is the fourth time that Cush has been convicted an offence of this nature; she specifically targets the elderly and vulnerable, forcing entry into their house and stealing from them.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and work hard to protect the most vulnerable people in our county. This result shows how Bedfordshire Police is committed to working with the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders such as Cush to justice, which in turn will help to protect the people of Bedfordshire and reduce crime rates across the county.”

Burglary is a priority for Bedfordshire Police and officers are using a range of tactics to crackdown on this type of crime.

There has been a reduction of 29 offences in the north of the county since the start of February compared to the same period last year.