A man and a woman have been remanded in to prison custody after appearing in court in Birmingham this morning (7th October) on charges relating to 9 burglaries and 1 theft.
Joseph Fannin, 46, and Jolene Mahon, 29, were arrested on Wednesday from a flat in Abdon Avenue in Weoley Castle. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary at nine addresses across South West Birmingham.
It is alleged that the two stole cash and jewellery from the homes of elderly and vulnerable residents – including women of 101 and 90 years of age.
They are also accused of stealing thousands of pounds from the boot of an elderly man’s car in Selly Oak after watching him withdraw money from a Post Office.
The pair will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 4th November.
Wanted: Third suspect
A third suspect, Francis Maughan, 31, (pictured) is also wanted by police in connection with thefts from homes in Rubery/Rednal, Northfield and Frankley. Detectives also want to question him in relation to as many as 9 ‘purse-dippings’ from elderly women.
The crimes alleged to have been committed by the trio terrorised vulnerable residents across South West Birmingham in recent weeks – including those with dementia and poor eyesight. On several occasions, the culprits claimed to be police officers and on one occasion two men enter a vulnerable lady’s home carrying a small child.
Investigating officer, DC Dave Cockbill, said: “We strongly believe Francis Maughan is connected to these offences. If anyone knows where he is or believes they have seen him, I would urge them to contact me on the 101 number or call Crimestoppers anonymously.
“I would ask anyone with information to ask themselves how they would feel if someone had stolen from an elderly loved one of theirs. They would want them caught and brought to justice. So if anyone has information please get in touch so we can help protect our elderly residents.”
The independent charity Crimestoppers can be called on 0800 555111, or to speak to DC Dave Cockbill call West Midlands Police on 101.