Heroin addict jailed for stealing from pensioner
A frail 74-year-old Fife woman was robbed by a female drug addict she had tried to help.
Kari-Anne Brown, 27, of Queensferry Road, Rosyth, was jailed for the crime at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
Heroin addict Brown knew the pensioner often kept money in her home for a Dunfermline social club and went there when the victim was out to steal the cash.
Brown admitted that between 22 and 23 November at an address in Inverkeithing, she stole £500.
Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said: “The complainer is 74, lives alone and is in poor health. She helps out at the British Legion Club in the New Row and as a result there can be a lot of money kept in her house.”
Through her granddaughter the victim met Brown and they became friends. On the day of the offence Brown had been at the victim’s home. Later, the victim had to go to the club and dropped Brown off but she returned to the house. It was only the next morning the pensioner noticed the money was missing.
Sheriff Craig McSherry said, “I regard this as a very, very serious breach of trust. It’s a disgraceful offence.” He jailed Brown for 10 months.