Girlfriend faces unpaid work after accepting gifts from burglar boyfriend

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A WOMAN who accepted gifts of jewellery and a handbag from her burglar boyfriend has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

A range of stolen items were found at Emma Roberts’ home in Egglesfield Road, South Shields, during a swoop by police.

The goods had been taken during burglaries by her partner – including a Michael Corrs handbag and jewellery he had given her as presents.

When Roberts was arrested she said she played no part in the burglaries, but admitted she knew the items she received were “probably” stolen.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen goods at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

She was back at the court yesterday to be sentenced after a probation report was compiled.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Police attended her address on October 8 to arrest a man in connection with burglaries in the South Tyneside area.

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“She and the man are a couple and have two children together.

“During a search, numerous items were recovered, including a handbag and jewellery.

“Inquiries found that the jewellery and handbag had been taken in a burglary on October 6.

“Roberts was also arrested by police and questioned about the burglaries.

“She denied any involvement but said her partner is a burglar.

“She said he had been out of the house at all hours and had returned with items, such as a laptop and the handbag and jewellery.”

She added “She said she knew it was stolen goods, probably by way of burglary.

“She accepted the handbag and jewellery as presents, knowing they were stolen.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said that Roberts is tackling problems in her life, including drug use.

Mr Brown said: “She was honest with the police. She is coming to terms with her own position in life. Drugs is a major issue.”

Lorraine Montgomery, chairman of the magistrates, gave Roberts a 12-month community order, with 12 months’ supervision.

She was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and complete a six- month drug rehabilitation requirement and must pay a £60 victim surcharge.