A DISTRACTION burglar who 'preyed on the good nature of kind people' has been jailed.

Stacey Billington, who appeared via videolink from HMP Eastwood Park, wept and shouted 'I love you dad' as she was jailed for five years at Worcester Crown Court on Friday.

The 31-year-old of no fixed address, who was addicted to crack cocaine at the time, conned her way into people's homes in Droitwich.

During the first burglary at Vines Mews, Droitwich she entered the home of a 79-year-old disabled woman at around 10am on June 12.

The woman was sitting on the sofa in the living room and heard the front door open and a woman's voice. Although she could not get up because of her disability, the elderly woman was able to see Billington by peering along her corridor.

Charles Hamer, prosecuting, said Billington claimed there was a second woman on the ground outside who had had her bag stolen. Billington was offered the use of the elderly woman's mobile phone but later she noticed her purse containing around £100 had been stolen.

During the second burglary on June 19 she visited a couple from whom she had previously borrowed £16.

She said 'I know I owe you £16' when she returned to their mid-terraced house in Droitwich, telling them her mother was in hospital after suffering a bad fall.

"She was crying at the time" Mr Hamer said. The occupier offered her a lift to the hospital but said he would have to change his shirt first.

He was upstairs for two to three minutes during which time Billington disappeared with his wife's purse.

On June 15 Billington stole washing products and 12 chocolate bars worth £3 each from the Spar shop in Blake Avenue, Droitwich

The offences also put her in breach of two suspended sentences. One for an 18 month prison sentence suspended for 24 months for a burglary in October at a bungalow in Droitwich, in which she and a female co-defendant stole aftershave, perfume and a mobile phone.

The pair committed another burglary on a man who lived alone in Droitwich the following day at 2am after asking to use the bathroom and have a glass of water. He later noticed his wallet containing his bank cards and £55 was missing.

Billington was arrested on October 20.

Judith Kenney, defending, said Billington had developed an addiction to crack cocaine after meeting one of her co-defendants.

Miss Kenney said: "She never used crack cocaine until she met this woman and was corrupted by that."

She stressed that Billington had been acquitted of the fraudulent use of stolen cards.

She said in relation to the burglary at Vines Mews that Billington had not known the victim was elderly or had a disability when she came to the door.

Judge Robert Juckes QC said: "The whole thing was preying on the good nature of kind people."

He said the offences showed 'a considerable amount of con-artistry'.

He sentenced her to five years in prison - three and a half years for the burglary on June 19 and two and a half years (concurrent) for the burglary on June 12.

A further six month (concurrent) sentence was imposed for shoplifting.

The 18 month suspended sentence and 12 month suspended sentence were activated to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the three and a half years, making a total of five years.