Lodger stole from family while they were out

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A LODGER who stole from the family she lived with has avoided going to jail.

Elizabeth Bond rented a room from Michael Young and his wife in Ireland Way, Waterlooville.

The 38-year-old is an alcoholic and she stole a laptop and jewellery after drinking all day so that she could get money for more drink, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

Bond sold the laptop for £35 to Cash Brokers in London Road, Waterlooville. The computer was later recovered but a charm bracelet and two necklaces, which the staff at the shop were not interested in, have never been found.

The police were called when the family returned home on February 30 to discover the items missing.

Unemployed Bond had used her own passport as proof of ID when selling the laptop so she was quickly arrested.

Bond, of St Mary’s Road, Hayling Island, pleaded guilty to theft and fraud.

Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said: ‘This was an act of desperation.

‘She is an alcoholic, it’s an addiction, it’s out of control.

‘Obviously she very much regrets what took place. She really is at rock bottom.

‘The fact that she gave her own passport as identification meant she was going to get caught regardless.’

The magistrates gave Bond a six month community order. She will have supervision from the probation service to help her stay out of trouble and must attend an education course.