Kerrigan wore dark coloured clothes and produced a fake ID card and told the elderly victims that he was a police officer
David Kerrigan (38) of no fixed address, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to 12 counts of burglary and one count of racially aggravated harassment.
Over four months in 2020 Kerrigan carried out a spate of distraction burglaries targeting elderly and vulnerable victims between the ages of 61 and 96 across London.
Kerrigan wore dark coloured clothes and produced a fake ID card and told the elderly victims that he was a police officer.
He would then tell them a story about two people being arrested nearby with stolen property and would ask to go inside to check if any of the items had been stolen from their house.
Kerrigan would then search the house for valuables and even ask his victims where they kept their cash.
He stole £4,000 in cash as well as jewellery, watches and bank cards which he then used in local shops spending below £35.
He was caught on CCTV in the shops using the cards. None of the property was ever recovered.
Metropolitan Police officers launched an investigation after they realised one person was behind as series of robberies across north London.
One officer remembered a similar crime in 2013 and using CCTV were able to link Kerrigan to the thefts.
Kerrigan was arrested on 12 August 2020 and taken to a north London police station for interview him where he threatened and racially abused a female officer.
Detective Sergeant Keith Faris, who led the investigation, said: “This was a fantastic effort by my team, whose hard work resulted in Kerrigan having no choice but to plead guilty due to the overwhelming evidence they uncovered.
“Kerrigan preyed upon the elderly and vulnerable and abused their trust by posing as a plain clothed police officer to walk away with their hard-earned money and valuables.
“We will not tolerate this type of offending and we will robustly target and bring to justice those who think they can take advantage of the vulnerable and elderly.”