Hugger stole OAP’s wallet

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A WOMAN pretended to hug a pensioner on Blackpool Promenade and then stole his wallet.

Tyne Yates, 21, of Devonshire Road, Layton, pleaded guilty to stealing the 74-year-old man’s wallet containing £80 when she appeared before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the pensioner was walking along Blackpool Promenade, near to the Metropole Hotel, when Yates came up and asked him for a cigarette.

She then asked him for a light.

The pensioner told officers she next got hold of him by the hips, hugged him and asked him for sex.

The court was told the man said ‘no’ and walked away.

Two witnesses who saw what happened believed a theft had taken place and alerted police.

The pensioner was given back his wallet and cash by a police officer who attended the incident.

When arrested and interviewed at Blackpool’s main Bonny Street Police Station, Yates said she needed to steal items for cash as she had a drug and alcohol habit to feed.

The defendant was sentenced to a three-month electronically tagged curfew which will last daily from 8pm to 7am.

Yates was also put on 12 months’ supervision and must take a nine-month drugs rehabilitation course by District Judge Maurice Greene sitting in the resort court.