A SERIAL female thief with 53 convictions stole a £200 mobile telephone from a good samaritan as a “thank you” for letting her use the toilet.
Dishonest Heidi Carter, 29, told Sarah Hutchinson, 53, she needed the loo because the Bridlington council block was locked and the Chinese Restaurant nearby said no. She claimed to be ill.
After being invited in to Mrs Hutchinson’s home in South Back Lane, Carter spent a penny. To return the favour she stole the family mobile from a kitchen stool on the way out. Then she sold it.
Carter, of Fort Terrace, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft and appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence last Friday, March 16. She was originally charged with burglary and theft, but the Crown dropped the burglary as they could not prove she had tricked her way in.
Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said Mrs Hutchinson felt Carter was taking a long time upstairs and appeared agitated after saying she was feeling sick.
Mrs Hutchinson was so concerned that the Chinese Restaurant could be so unforgiving she called them to check.
They denied refusing entry. It was all to no good purpose as Carter had left the house not believing her good fortune.
In a victim statement Mrs Hutchinson revealed the loss of the mobile had caused severe problems as it stored a hospital consultant’s number and medical appointments.
It was never recovered after being sold by Carter.
Defending barrister Paul Genney admitted: “She has a history of shop theft and dishonesty to fund her addiction. She has had something of a retched life. She was taken into care. She was introduced to drugs at the age of eleven.”
The court heard she has convictions for burglary, shop theft, robbery, handling stolen goods, possession of methadone, battery and has made 23 court appearances for 52 offences.
She sat weeping in the dock shaking her head in denial as Mrs Jobes opened the case.
Recorder Abdul Iqbal ordered Carter to stand as he told her: “This would have been a custodial sentence if it had been a burglary. You have been fortunate the prosecution has accepted a guilty plea to a much lesser offence.
“You have an appalling history of 52 offences, several for burglary, robbery and many for theft. You are in anybody’s view a dishonest woman.”
He imposed a four-month suspended prison sentence and 150 hours unpaid work in the community and was allowed to walk free from court.