A teenager sold medals of great sentimental value which had been presented to a police officer.
Alice Owen was described as being the ‘puppet of a man of criminal sophistication’ when she sold the medals belonging to a retired police officer, which had been stolen in a burglary.
Owen, 19, of Queens Promenade, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to dishonesty receiving two medals and two offences of fraud by selling them.
She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £5.50 compensation with £40 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Elliott Taylforth, prosecuting, said the police medals were stolen in a burglary on September 12. The same day Owen went into a Blackpool jewellers and sold one medal.
She visited another jewellers in the resort on September 16 and sold another medal.
She got a total of £11 for both medals.
Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was approached by a man she knew who pestered and then threatened her over selling the medals.
She received no money for what she did.