Thief stole from his grandma

A MAN who stole jewellery from his 85-year-old grandmother’s house in Wooler and sold it on for over £700 has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Lee Revis, 31, pleaded guilty to theft and fraud by false representation when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The offence happened on April 7 when the defendant and his family visited Margaret Redpath at her home.

The court heard that Revis went to the bathroom but did not return for half-an-hour during which time his grandmother became suspicious.

Three days later Mrs Redpath noticed three rings and a gold-plated chain and cross had gone missing from a bedroom cabinet.

Magistrates were told that Revis, formerly of Wooler but now living at Newfields in Berwick, had gone into the Marygate branch of Ramsdens on April 8 to try to sell the jewellery. However, staff failed to offer the £700 he was looking for and informed him that the chain and cross were not made of gold but were only gold-plated.

Later that day he went to Eyemouth and sold the three rings to a jeweller, Mr Rutherford, for over £700.

He was given a suspended sentence for 18 weeks, suspended for two years, and given a two year supervision order. He was also told to pay £100 compensation for the theft of the chain.