AN 87-YEAR-OLD woman was tricked into handing over her credit card by a man masquerading as a shop assistant, a court heard.
Dean Morris, 41, of Bourne Street, intercepted the pensioner on her way out of Sainsbury’s and said there had been a mix-up with her card.
The elderly lady, who could not see very well, was fooled by a crude name badge and duly gave Morris the card. Morris made a show of examining it and then passed back a different card, making off with the pensioner’s credit card.
He pleaded guilty to the theft on January 21 at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court.
David Alexander, defending, said Morris stole the 87-year-old’s card to try and find £300 for alternative accommodation for himself and his brother.
Mr Alexander said, “He saw a quick way of trying to get out of that problem and took her card by sleight of hand.
“But as soon as he got the card he had second thoughts and threw it away. It was a mean-spirited act.”
Morris said he forgot the pin code and threw the card away.
He was released on unconditional bail while a probation report is completed and he will return to Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on February 11.