Gainsborough: Thief swiped woman’s entire wardrobe

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court
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A Gainsborough woman was left with just the clothes she was wearing after a thief stole her entire wardrobe, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Tuesday.

Claire Briggs returned to her home in Waterworks Street in the town after being called by a neighbour who told her she had been burgled.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said Ms Briggs arrived to find her kitchen window had been smashed.

“She saw an ottoman in which she stored her clothing had been moved. She then discovered that all of her clothing was missing including her underwear.

“Every piece of her clothing had been taken. She only had the clothing she was wearing.”

Mr Stanford said that Ms Briggs contacted police and was advised to check with the Cash for Clothes store in the town to see if anyone had tried to sell her belongings.

She went to the shop , which buys clothes at 50p per kilo weight, and recovered bags full of her clothing.

Police inquiries revealed that John Page had taken the clothes to the store in a shopping trolley and was paid £15.95.

Mr Stanford said “Page’s fingerprints were all over the bags.

“He was arrested and interviewed. He said he was told a load of clothes were at the back of a property in a garden. He said he took the clothes but did not notice the window of the property had been smashed.”

Page, 33, who lives at a different address to the victim in Waterworks Street, Gainsborough, admitted theft of clothing between 7 and 10 July.

He also admitted a charge of fraud as a result of selling the clothes when he was not entitled to. He was jailed for six months.

Judge Michael Heath told him “You have a very bad record for offences of dishonesty.”

David Stanton, defending, told the court “He could be called a criminal opportunist thief. If its there to be taken, he will take it.”

He asked that Page be given full credit for his guilty pleas and the admissions he made to police following his arrest.