DC Richard Tanswell, from the force’s Financial Crime Investigation Unit (FCIU), said: “We were first made aware of unusual activity in the victim’s bank account in 2019. By this time, the victim, who was well into his 80s, had been living in a care home for a number of years, but the spending on the account included trips to Nando’s, bowling and even adventure golf. Of course, none of this was characteristic spending of an elderly gentleman in a care home and my suspicions were obviously raised.”
DC Tanswell conducted extensive enquiries, which ultimately identified Nichols as the offender.
DC Tanswell said: “When Nichols was arrested, he was in possession of the victim’s bank card and house keys. Officers attended the victim’s home address and found the property to be in a very poor state, with piles of building materials, equipment and general rubbish untidily strewn inside most of the rooms. Nichols had been using the man’s home as a storage facility after he had been admitted to a care home and even abandoned his old white transit van, with flat tyres, on the driveway.