James Ramsden, 35, of Quarry View in Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, disqualified driving and driving without insurance on April 3 at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court - and was jailed for three years on April 30 at Sheffield Crown Court.
On March 30, Ramsden - who had been working as a window cleaner at the time - stole the woman’s car from her drive on Lundhill Grove.
Detective Constable Iona Edwards said: “On March 30, the victim who is in her 80s, answered her front door to find Ramsden stood there claiming she owed him £10.
“Recognising him, she went back inside her home to get him the money.
“While she did this, Ramsden sneaked into the house and took her car keys from a dish in the living room.
“He then left the address with the money, stealing her car from her drive on his way.
“Ramsden’s actions that day were caught on CCTV and he was clearly identifiable as the person responsible, he was later identified by officers and quickly arrested.
“It was clear from our enquiries that Ramsden targeted this lady after building her trust as her window cleaner.
“He took advantage of her and is rightly behind bars for his actions that day.”