Bogus Wembley gas man is jailed for five years for thefts
A man who robbed an elderly woman in her Wembley home after claiming to be from a gas company has been jailed for five years.
Manoj Gorsia, (pictured) 28, of Beatrice Avenue, Wembley was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 22 October, after being found guilty of robbery on Tuesday, 22 September.
Gorsia was also issued with a three year licence extension period, a criminal behaviour order for five years preventing him from entering the driveways, gardens or yards of any residential property within the Greater London area without a reasonable excuse and a restraining order which prohibits Gorsia from entering Charterhouse, Wembley.
On Tuesday, 16 December 2014, at around 14:40hrs, the 75-year-old victim was at home in Charterhouse Avenue, Wembley when there was a knock on the door. She opened the door to Gorsia who claimed to be there to read the gas meter. He waved pieces of paper in front of her. Gorsia was allowed inside and taken to the gas meter. He then pushed the woman over and ripped both earrings from her ears and pulled off a chain around her neck.
He then ran out of the house towards Rugby Avenue.
The pieces of paper that Gorsia had were left at the address. These were seized and sent off for forensic. Gorsia’s fingerprint was indentified.
He was arrested at his home address on 5 February and charged with robbery that day.
Gorsia was found guilty at trial.
Detective Constable Martina English from Brent Forensic Conversion Team said: “Bogus callers are the most callous people as they often target older and more vulnerable people and will try to trick or con their way in. “I hope that Gorsia’s imprisonment brings some form of justice to his victim.
This sentence serves as a clear reminder we will use every means available to us to catch those whose intent on breaking the law and bring them to justice with the strongest and most compelling evidence against them.”
ADVICE ON BOGUS CALLERS
– Bogus callers succeed because they sound believable, so don’t be fooled. Make sure in your own mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:
– Think before you open the door
– use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
– Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry an identification card with their photograph on. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone the company the caller claims to represent.
– The Utilities now offer a password identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
– Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house – they may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.
– If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return or ask the caller to contact this person.
– Treat every stranger with caution.
If you are worried, dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.