Sneak thief escapes jail

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A MAN who snuck into his ex wife’s house every week for three years in order to steal cash from his brother-in-law has escaped jail.

Bernard Young, of no fixed address, admitted six counts of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing.

At Liverpool Crown Court today, he was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The victim in this case is a 68-year-old man. Due to him living alone his sister, Young’s ex-wife, became a signatory on his account.

She would make weekly withdrawals of about £160, which she would use to buy his shopping and other essentials.

Young knew how much was usually withdrawn and from January 2007, began stealing the bank card on an almost weekly basis and making withdrawals of the same amount so as not to arouse suspicion.

He would then keep the money for himself.

Young, 57, split from his wife in 2009, but unbeknown to her, still had a key to the home on Bank Street, Golborne.