Woman stole from her friend

A THIEF who stole hundreds of pounds worth of property from a friend’s home has narrowly avoided jail.

Katrina Turner, 27, stole electrical equipment, cash and a bank card after going to Dawn Marshall’s house in Hartlepool.

Turner stayed in the house after her host went upstairs and fell asleep on March 3.

It was later found that she tole a digital camera, an iPod, a bank card and cash from Miss Marshall’s daughter’s bedroom.

Turner also made off with a mobile phone, a laptop and cigarettes belonging to Miss Marshall.

When Miss Marshall’s daughter realised her bank card was gone, she phone to cancel it.

“She was informed that at 12.30am that day her card had been used to withdraw £250,” said Olivia Checa-Dover, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court.

The withdrawal was caught on CCTV with also showed Darren Cooper, who had also been at the victim’s house, carrying the stolen laptop on his bike.

Cooper, 26, later returned the stolen camera, but the rest of the property, valued at £834, was never recovered.

He admitted to handling stolen goods, while Turner, of West View Road, Hartlepool, admitted two counts of theft and one of fraud by false representation.

Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said: “The property that was taken was thankfully not of great sentimental value.

“She has shown shame a remorse and entirely understands the consequences of her offending.”

Jim Withyman, mitigating for Cooper, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, said his involvement was minimal and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Peter Fox, said he could suspend the sentence for Turner after she had spent 64 days in prison on remand.

She was given a six-month prison sentence suspended two years, with supervision and 100-hours unpaid work and a six month curfew order.

Judge Fox said: “This was a serious breach of trust. The fraud makes the whole thintg much worse.”