Following an appeal from West Midlands Police, a third suspect – wanted in connection with a string of crimes against elderly and vulnerable people across south Birmingham – has been arrested and remanded in jail by a magistrate this morning.

Francis Maughan, 31 and from London, appeared before magistrates in Birmingham this morning charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and six counts of theft from a person.

It is alleged that Maughan tricked his way into homes in south Birmingham − including those of women aged 90 and 101 − stealing cash and valuables.

He also faces one count of theft from a motor vehicle after several thousand pounds was stolen from an 81-year-old man’s car in Winney Road, Selly Oak, on 6 September.

CCTV images from some of the incidents was released in a bid to identify the trio, who preyed on the vulnerable across South West Birmingham. Two other suspects, Joseph Fannin, 46, and Jolene Mahon, 29, were arrested on Wednesday (5th October) 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 and were also remanded in custody, to appear before Birmingham Crown Court in November.

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