Woman bought stolen jewellery

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A WOMAN has been hit with a court fine for buying some jewellery which she knew was stolen.

Sarah Ann Hadfield paid £150 for a gold charm bracelet and a gold sovereign bracelet which had been stolen by a burglar who broke into a 67-year-old woman’s home in Hartlepool, justices were told.

The perpetrator was arrested and police received a tip-off that Hadfield, 22, had bought the jewellery, which was recovered by police and given back to its rightful owner.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “A house burglary occurred at the home of a retired woman where a number of items of jewellery were stolen. A man was charged in respect of that burglary.

“Information was received that this defendant bought some jewellery which had been stolen from that burglary.

“The jewellery was recovered and identified by the complainant. The defendant was arrested and said she’d bought the items on February 17 and paid £150 for them. She said she knew the items were stolen, and said she’d been saving the money intending to keep them for her own use.”

Hadfield, of Glamis Walk, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving stolen goods on February 18.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “This jewellery was of a low value and they were purchased for her own use.”

Chairman of the bench Nigel Guerin fined Hadfield £65, ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.