Rings stolen in ‘love nest’ raid

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A mother broke into another woman’s home because she believed she was having an affair with her boyfriend and it was their love nest.

Ashley Croasdale searched the address and found no sign of the couple, so she stole jewellery and perfume out of spite, a court was told.

The boyfriend Croasdale had been suspicious of then got hold of the three rings which had been stolen in the burglary and tried to pawn them.

Croasdale, a 20-year-old mum-of-one, of Gorton Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to an offence of burglary.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Dickson, 20, of Elizabeth Court, Layton, admitted handling stolen goods.

They were bailed for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the woman returned to her home on Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, on December 18 to find the door open and items stolen.

Police gave a description of the stolen jewellery to the Cash Converters shop.

On December 21 Dickson tried to sell three rings from the burglary to the shop. Police were called and he was arrested.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Croasdale had no previous convictions and her behaviour was completely out of character.

Mr Chappell added: “She got hold of the wrong end of the stick. She believed her partner, Dickson, was having an affair with the aggrieved. She forced open the door and then finding no-one there, took the property.”

Dickson had foolishly tried to pawn the stolen rings three days later as he was short of money.