A gold-digger who spent 20 years stealing cash from elderly and vulnerable she seduced has been jailed.
Patricia McGoldrick, 38, targeted the victims and stole cash and jewelry from them once she gained their trust in a string of so-called ‘mate crimes’.
In one incident, she climbed through a 68-year-old man’s window and demanded money while rubbing herself against him sexually, before stealing £60 from his wallet.
The mother-of-three, of no fixed address, also made repeated visits to an 86-year-old man and stole a watch along with his late wife’s wedding and engagement rings.
Shockingly, McGoldrick spent 20 years gold digging before she was finally arrested this year.
On Thursday McGoldrick, of Bradmore, West Midlands, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after she admitted two charges of burglary, theft and attempted theft at Warwick Crown Court. She also admitted charges of driving without a licence and insurance.
Prosecutor Patrick Sullivan said: ‘The offences all have a common theme, that she befriends elderly men and, having gained their trust, she steals from them.’
Rashad Mohammed, defending, told the court she was addicted to class A drugs and committed offences to fund her addiction.
On September 22, a 68-year-old man was at home in his ground-floor flat in Leamington Spa, Warks., when McGoldrick appeared at the window. She asked him for a cheese sandwich, £3 in cash and a roll-up cigarette which he did. The accused person then returned three days later and again asked for another cigarette.
When the pensioner went to get his tobacco McGoldrick climbed through the window into the living room and demanded he hand over another £3.
Mr Sullivan said: ‘He gave her the money, but she upped her request to £8 and rubbed herself against him sexually, asking if he was frigid when he failed to respond.
‘When she then tried to open a cupboard where he kept his wallet, there was a struggle as he tried to stop her, but she got the wallet and took £60 from it before leaving.
‘About an hour later his son, having been told what had happened, saw her in the area and detained her and called the police – but officers took so long to arrive that he let her go.’
McGoldrick also befriended an 86-year-old man by approaching him in Leamington Spa town centre and asking him to look after her bag. He did this for two hours before handing it to the police when she did not return for it.
Mr Sullivan said: ‘Over an 18-month period she inveigled herself into his life and made a real nuisance of herself by turning up at his home on Leamington’s Sydenham estate. ‘During her repeated visits she stole a watch which had been a gift from his son, his late wife’s wedding and engagement rings and other items.’
On October 1, she knocked on his door, and when he opened it she tried to pull his wallet from his pocket, but he managed to grab it before she fled.
On October 23, McGoldrick approached an 82-year-old man she had befriended in the street and asked him for money before stealing £15 from his wallet.
Mr Sullivan described McGoldrick as a ‘third strike’ burglar, and her style of offending was known as ‘mate crime’.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told her: ‘You committed offences against men who all had in common the fact that they were vulnerable and elderly. What you did was befriend them and use that friendship in order to steal from them.
‘For the last almost 20 years you have been taking things from people in very similar circumstances. Sometimes it’s theft, sometimes it’s burglary, and on one occasion it was robbery. But what the offences have in common is that you prey on elderly vulnerable gentlemen.’
Rashad Mohammed, defending, said: ‘She has asked me to apologize to the victims on her behalf. She is ashamed of her behavior.’