Faces of women who invited themselves into pensioner's home and stole his wallet

Mugshots of Dawn Charles, L, and Tanya Rowley, R, in composite photo
-Credit: (Image: Nottinghamshire Police)

These are the faces of two women who invited themselves into a pensioner's home in Sneinton and stole his wallet. Dawn Charles and Tanya Rowley then withdrew hundreds of pounds in cash from the elderly man's bank account on December 11 last year after their callous theft.

But they were tracked down after the CCTV camera above the ATM in a shop they took money out in caught them red-handed. Altogether, the pair accessed around £700, including £600 in the cash they'd withdrawn and £100 through two contactless payments.

But the surveillance footage, coupled with some video from the man's home, led to police tracking down the duo and arresting them 11 days later on December 22. Charles, 41, had tried to conceal her face, but a tattoo on her ankle gave away who she was.

A gold coloured hairband seen in the footage was also found at her home address. Rowley, 47, was given away by her distinctive black boots and long padded jacket, police said.

Both women pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud by false representation, while Rowley also admitted possession of class A drugs. Charles, of Sneinton Road, Sneinton, was jailed for two years and five months at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, July 3.

CCTV surveillance still of two woman with back to camera in convenience store at an ATM withdrawing money
Charles' identity was given away by the tattoo on her right ankle -Credit:Nottinghamshire Police

And Rowley, of Tewkesbury Drive, Basford, was jailed for two years and two months. Both were also made the subject of a restraining order banning them from further contact with the victim.

Detective Constable Chris Harris, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a horrible experience for the victim who was targeted in his own home by these offenders. Despite their best efforts to conceal their identities they soon made enough mistakes for us to track them down and bring them justice.

"I am pleased they have now been jailed and hope this result provides some comfort to the victim and his family.”