CRIMES committed by over-75s in Gloucestershire prove offenders come in all shapes and sizes.
Those in their twilight years committed 19 offences in the county throughout 2013, ranging from shoplifting to violent crime.
The supposedly peaceful Cotswolds saw a comparitive spree this year compared with other parts of the county, with 11 of all the countywide crimes committed by over-75s happening there, figures revealed in a Freedom of Information Act request showed.
Stroud and Tewkesbury proved to be the safest places for older age crime, with not a single offence committed there by anyone in that age bracket.
In Cheltenham, three people over-75 found themselves hauled in by the long arm of the law, in Gloucester it was four and in the Forest of Dean just one.
Theft proved to be the biggest problem, with nine of the 19 recorded offences falling in that category.
Violent crime accounted for six incidents, with other offences like drink driving making up the rest.
Gloucestershire Police spokesman Chris Jackson said: “The police deal with offenders right across the age spectrum and it is perhaps inevitable that in areas with an older population we see more crimes by those in their later years.
“We do occasionally deal with cases where older people turn to shoplifting if they fall on hard times, which may be reflected in the higher theft figures, but the range of offences go right across the board to serious assault.
“A recent serious assault in the Forest of Dean which involved the falling out of two long time friends illustrates that no age group is exempt from criminal behaviour.”
That case saw 62-year-old Kenneth Jenkins jailed in February last year for stabbing long-term friend Anthony Friendship in a pub toilet.
It followed years of him being ribbed about an alleged fling 30 years ealier between Mr Friendship and Jenkins’s wife - which she denied ever happened.