Woman who robbed her gran avoids jail

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­SPITE rob­bing her own grand­mother dur­ing a spate of bur­glary of­fences, a Leam­ing­ton woman has avoided be­ing jailed.

It comes af­ter a judge heard she is fi­nally tack­ling her drug ad­dic­tion.

Kath­leen Crow­ley had pleaded guilty at War­wick Crown Court to six charges of fraud, hav­ing ear­lier ad­mit­ted of­fences of bur­glary and theft.

Crow­ley, aged 36, of Jus­tice Close, Leam­ing­ton , was given a two-year com­mu­nity or­der, with a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity and an 8pm to 6am elec­tron­i­cal­ly­tagged cur­few for two months.

Prose­cu­tor Ian Win­dridge said that in Septem­ber last year Crow­ley and her sis­ter Marie bur­gled their grand­mother’s home while she was away for the week­end.

When the 77-year-old got back, she found her home in Whit­nash was se­cure and the doors locked – but a bot­tle of vodka, some painkillers and two purses with money in them, £40 and 485 eu­ros, had been taken.

Crow­ley was ar­rested af­ter she was later seen leav­ing the Mor­ri­son’s store in Leam­ing­ton with items worth £287 for which she had not paid.

She had also stolen cloth­ing worth £318 from the Fac­tory Shop in War­wick.

Mr Win­dridge said that in the early hours of Novem­ber 19 last year a man named Alan Dor­gan car­ried out a bur­glary at a house in Lilling­ton Road, Leam­ing­ton, and stole a hand­bag.

By 5.45am a bank card from the hand­bag was be­ing used by Crow­ley in an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to with­draw cash from an ATM ma­chine at the One

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