A WOMAN has gone on trial accused of being found wandering around a farm covered in anti-burglar paint before stealing an £8,000 car.
Tracey Hatch, of Suffolk Road, Hebburn, is alleged to have helped Lee Shanley attempt to burgle a farm before taking keys from a woman’s home and stealing her car.
In the incident, on April 19 last year, the pair were allegedly caught wandering around Grange Farm in Jarrow, where they claimed they were looking for their dog.
Having been ushered away by the owners, they are said to have gone on to burgle a house in Tweed Street, Jarrow, stealing car keys and driving away in the woman’s Chevrolet Spark car.
Hatch, 30, faces charges of attempted burglary with intent to steal at the farm, burglary at the house in Jarrow and theft of the car.
At an earlier hearing on July 3, Shanley, 28, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to all three offences. However, Hatch has denied everything.
Emma Dawling, prosecuting, said Shanley and Hatch entered the rear of Grange Farm at about 6.30pm.
She said: “They gained entry over a back wall, covered in anti-burglar paint.”
Ms Dawling said when challenged, the pair claimed they were looking for a dog.
“They were ushered off the premises,” she said. “The burglary took place at Tweed Street, half a mile away.
“A woman left her door open to let air in and was watching TV when she saw her car being driven away.
“She realised her keys had been taken. Her neighbour saw a male and a female in the vicinity of her home.
“He saw the male disappear altogether and the female was looking over the wall, appearing to be on the look out.
“They both got into the car, which he had believed to be his neighbour’s, and drove off. Both defendants were arrested just over an hour or so later.”
n The trial continues.