Crackhead conman’s 999 stunts earn him jail time

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A CON artist who talked his way into the homes of several vulnerable people by telling them he needed to ring 999 for his pregnant wife has been jailed for 22 months.

Lee Currie, 34, targeted the elderly and disabled at addresses in Edinburgh between September 2011 and February 2012.

The city’s sheriff court heard how Currie would knock on their door and tell them that his partner had gone into labour and that he needed to phone for an ambulance.

Once inside their properties, Currie – who has convictions for dishonesty – would steal items that had been left around the house.

He snatched handbags, wallets and mobile phones during the robberies, which were committed before he was arrested by police earlier this year.

Currie, a prisoner of HMP Saughton, pleaded guilty to seven charges of theft and fraud at an earlier hearing.

The crack cocaine addict originally faced a total of 21 charges, but the crown agreed to drop 14 in return for a guilty plea to seven.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver told Currie yesterday that he had no other option but to send him to prison.