Grantham court: Jewellery stolen from elderly woman’s house

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Jewellery belonging to an elderly women was stolen from her house while her deaf husband was home alone.

Grantham magistrates heard that the stolen items, a number of bracelets and necklaces, some of them family heirlooms between 40 and 100 years old, were taken by drug addict Stuart Anthony Frankish,

who was going to sell them for £10.

Frankish, 25, of Alford Street, Grantham, admitted receiving stolen goods in Old Wharf Road on December 1.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court that at 10pm on November 30 the elderly lady went to bed and noticed that somebody had been in her room and had stolen items from drawers. During the day her partly deaf husband had been home on his own and had left the door open for the cat.

Miss Stace said that police officers, aware of the burglary, later stopped Frankish and another person and searched a bag which contained the stolen jewellery.

Frankish admitted he had received the items and was going to sell them. He told police hge was addicted to heroin and MCAT. Miss Stace said Frankish had not taken part in the burglary itself.

Defending, Julian Sheen said that Frankish had been “upset” when he heard about the circumstances of the burglary of the elderly lady’s house. He then told police about another bag of stolen items which they promptly found.

Mr Sheen said Frankish had hoped to sell the jewellery for a small amount of money. He said his client was already subject to a community order in which he was “doing very well”. The stolen items had been returned to their owner.

Magistrates gave Franksih another community order, to last 12 months, as part of which he must do 80 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.