and Martin Clarke
pretended to be a police officer in order to get into the 95-year-old woman's house in Castle Vale on New Year's Day.
Nothing was stolen but Ford
searched the rooms in the house - much to the pensioner's distress.
was seen leaving the address and from the description given, officers immediately thought of her
had recently been charged with a similar offence in Great Barr.
In November 2014 Ford
, from Gravelley Lane, Erdington, had knocked on the door of a house in Elmbridge Road and asked if she
could use the householder's phone.
to be alone and in need of help, the woman opened the door and let her
in. After using the phone, Ford
then asked if she
could have £2 and when the woman refused, the 33-year-old grabbed her
and Clarke then left and police were called.
Checks showed the mobile called from the woman's phone was a number linked to Ford
, who also matched the description given by the victim.
The pair were charged with offence and while on court bail, Ford
went on to target the pensioner.
Detective Constable Michelle Hunt said: "Both women were left extremely upset by what happened and we are satisfied with the lengthy terms given to Ford and Clarke, which reflect the impact their actions had on their victims.
had no qualms about burgling the home of a woman in her
90s on New Year's Day and has shown no remorse for her
"While residents are undoubtedly safer with Ford
and Clarke behind bars, I would urge people not to be complacent and not to let uninvited callers into their homes.