Flat tenant burgled landlady after row

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A woman burgled a flat because she believed her landlady had broken into her home and taken property when she was away.

Aimee Heaps stole two computers from the landlady with the aim of holding them to ransom for her missing digi-box and mobile phone.

Heaps, 24, of Cornwall Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary.

She was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

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Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said that on September 3 a landlady returned to her flat to find her door had been forced open and a laptop computer and a tablet computer were missing.

Heaps then knocked on her door. She appeared drunk and kept shouting.

When police arrived Heaps was found in her bed with the landlady’s laptop next to her and the tablet under the duvet.

She told police she was in dispute with her landlady because her flat was infested in fleas.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Heaps had spent a lot of time at her mother’s home.

The day of the offence she had drunk a bottle of wine and returned to her flat.

She wrongly assumed because her door was undamaged that her landlady had taken property that was missing.

She now realised her behaviour had been stupid and she thoroughly regretted it.