Two brothers from Bedford have pleaded guilty to robbing a number of elderly women following a crime spree earlier this year.
Marvin Lendor, 29, of Atterdale Walk, and Leon Lendor, 31, of Dover Crescent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob after incidents between May and September involving 12 victims, during an appearance at Luton Crown Court via video link yesterday (Tuesday).
The brothers specifically targeted elderly and vulnerable women in Putnoe and Castle Road and the surrounding area, stealing their handbags and bank cards.
Detective Constable Dave Brecknock said: “These two brothers callously targeted the elderly and vulnerable and at times even resorted to violence to steal a handbag. In total there were 12 victims of this robbery series, some of whom were physically injured, not to mention the emotional distress inflicted on them all.
“I’m pleased that these men have pleaded guilty to save the victims the further trauma of having to give evidence in court, and I hope that they will receive a suitable sentence to deter others from carrying out similar acts.
“I’d like to thank all of the officers involved in this case for their work that led to these men being caught, as well as the public for all the information and support they provided during the investigation.”
Both men also admitted conspiracy to steal from cars between May and September, as well as causing actual bodily harm to a man in May.
Marvin Lendor also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a knife, and the theft of cash from a church in September.
They have been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 30 November.