A drug addict who stole sentimental jewellery from an 89-year-old woman has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Donna Pleasance, 31, formerly of Jobson Road, Horncastle, conned her way in to the pensioner’s home after claiming to be the granddaughter of one of her neighbours, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
The elderly woman allowed Pleasance in to her property in Willesby Road, Spalding, after being told she needed money for her grandfather, the court was told.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Pleasance and her boyfriend consumed bottles of brandy and gin after being offered a drink by the pensioner.
When the pensioner left her living room to make a cup of tea Pleasance took the opportunity to steal four gold rings and two watches, Mr Scott told the court.
The pensioner noticed her bedroom had been left in an untidy state but did not notice the theft of her jewellery until the next morning.
Mr Scott added: “One of the watches was very sentimental as it was given as a present by her sister six months before she died.”
In a victim impact statement, which was read out in court, the pensioner described how she had been left badly shaken by the theft.
The court heard police recovered all the jewellery when Pleasance was arrested for a different matter the following day.
In mitigation the court was told Pleasance had made efforts to combat her drink and drugs problems and was now living with family members in the Spalding area.
Pleasance admitted a charge of theft on March 29, this year.
She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, two years probation supervision and must complete a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Passing sentence Recorder Stuart Rafferty QC told her: “I hope you are ashamed.
“You treated this poor old lady like a piece of dirt.
“You conned your way in to her home.
“When she was doing an act of kindness for you, you repaid her by stealing from her.
“As she quite rightly says in her victim statement you should think about how you would feel if that happened to your mother.”