A cruel thief was jailed for 14 months after stealing about £4,000 of foreign currency from a pensioner she befriended.
Derby Crown Court heard this month how drug-user Tracey Jordan, 34, of Cobden Street, Chesterfield, took the cash from the 79-year-old man’s bedroom after he refused to help her. But she was caught before she could change the Australian dollars.
Her Chesterfield victim said the money was to go to family in Australia.
The court heard Jordan stole the cash when the pensioner went to the bathroom on November 6. She was on bail at the time of the offence for shoplifting at a Chesterfield Co-op.
Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said Jordan took meat on October 5 from the Co-op and returned the next day and was held by staff and scratched the manager. Recorder Sarah Wright said she had little sympathy for Jordan.
Joe Harvey, mitigating, said Jordan acknowledges the cruel nature of her offending and she is determined to beat her drug problem which is linked to her offending. Jordan admitted two thefts from the Co-op, the common assault of the shop manager and theft from the pensioner.
Recorder Sarah Wright said the shop incident was serious and Jordan needed to understand the effect of her stealing.