Carer stole jewellery from OAP

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A CARER who stole more than £4,000 worth of jewellery from a vulnerable 92-year-old woman has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Mother-of-two Tracy Hegarty, 43, of Albert Road, Morecambe, wept in court as she pleaded guilty to stealing the jewellery worth £4,230.

Prosecuting, Tracy Yates told Lancaster Magistrates Court on Friday that the 92-year-old woman had three care assistants, one of whom was the defendant, who provided help with dressing and preparing meals.

On January 22 2011, it was discovered the pensioner’s jewellery was missing, which was normally kept in a drawer in the bedroom. Her brother-in-law and the police, who were called, did a search of the premises but the jewellery was not found.

The victim’s brother-in-law visited city jewellers with photos of the stolen items and asked to be informed if anyone tried to sell them.

At 1.30pm on January 24 2011, the defendant entered Ramsdens Jewellers in Lancaster and tried to sell some gold jewellery.

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-02-12) for full story.