A 19-YEAR-OLD Scarborough mother fell under the spell of a released prisoner and his drugs and within days was participating in a crime spree against elderly women.
Anthony Quine, 33, of Liverpool, was released from a three year sentence for robbery on October 13 last year, but after travelling straight to Scarborough he was soon lifting purses from his vulnerable victims with the help of Stacey Price.
Price, the mother of one, escaped jail when she appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on a total of 10 offences – also asking for a further 10 to be taken into consideration.
Helen Hogben, prosecuting, told how two days after Quine’s release, he and Price, of Falsgrave Road, were targeting elderly women as they boarded buses in Scarborough, dipping their bags for their purses.
The court heard several of the victims were left feeling shocked, vulnerable, and unsafe about going out.
Quine, who told the police that he targeted the elderly because they were forgetful and would probably be carrying their PIN numbers along with their bank cards, told the court that he “wished to make it clear that he apologised to those people he stole from”, adding that he had been under the influence of drink and drugs at the time.
He was jailed for two years having appeared for sentencing on two charges of theft and one each of attempted theft and fraud.
Price had previously admitted three charges of theft and one each of attempted theft and fraud.
However, she also appeared for sentencing on admitted charges of burglary at the home of a friend, criminal damage, being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest – biting the elbow of a detective so hard she left puncture marks in his leather jacket.
For Quine, Rebecca Smith told the court that her client had been addicted to drugs from an early age and had been brought up in care where many of his peers were hardened criminals.
Quine has 36 previous convictions for 105 offences.
Chloe Fairley, for Price, said that her client had been introduce to drugs by Quine and had committed offences in order to get the funds for heroin and for her existing drink problem.
The court heard that Price had six previous convictions for 12 offences, including a burglary when aged just 13.
Price was sentenced to 12 months detention, suspended for two years, placed under supervision for two years and ordered to take part in a 12 month drug rehabilitation programme.