Cowplain fraudster stole woman’s cash

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THIEF Jon Matthews used a stolen cash card to withdraw money from a woman’s bank account and has been ordered to do unpaid work.

The 25-year-old also used the card to pay for drinks and takeaways.

He stole Jacquelyne Rust’s cash card in Waterlooville in February.

Between March and May he drained £447.13 from her account.

He withdrew £300 in cash and spent the rest at the Co-op and the Marmaris take-away in Fareham.

Matthews, of Gladys Avenue, Cowplain, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and seven of fraud when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates ordered him to carry out 140 hours of community service in 12 months.

He must also pay £85 in court costs.