A SCARBOROUGH woman who handled goods stolen from a hospital and secondary school in Bridlington has been sentenced at court.
Sarah O’Neill, 28, of Heathcliffe Gardens, received a Nintendo Wii games console which had been stolen from Bridlington Hospital and an oboe valued at over £680 belonging to a student at Headlands School.
O’Neill also stole a handbag belonging to an employee at the Forum Amusement Arcade, in Bridlington, a purse and mobile phone belonging to two students at the Colette Tyler School of Dance and four blank cheques belonging to a neighbour.
O’Neill asked for one further offence to be taken into consideration - the theft of a purse from a doctor’s surgery on November 23 last year.
O’Neill had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of receiving stolen goods, two charges of theft by walk-in, one charge of burglary other than dwelling, and one charge of theft in dwelling other than an automatic machine or meter.
Prosecutor Victoria Mills told the court that between 9.30am and 2.45pm on September 23, a pupil had left her oboe in the corridor at Headlands School and found it missing on her return.
The pupil checked the local second hand shops and one shop said a woman had been trying to sell them an oboe. Checks showed this woman was O’Neill who had been paid £50 for it. O’Neill told police she had bought it at a car boot sale in Scarborough.
The court heard that between September 29 and October 3 someone entered a day room at Bridlington Hospital and stole a Wii console which was then sold to a store on the Promenade. Again O’Neill said she had bought it from a car boot sale in Scarborough.
On October 2 O’Neill entered an office at the Forum, in Bridlington as a trespasser and stole a handbag and on October 28 O’Neill stole a River Island purse and bank cards, as well as an iphone 4 belonging to two students at the Collette Tyler School of Dance.
The purse was recovered by police at O’Neill’s home address, where it was found inside a rolled up piece of lino.
And on November 23 a man was stopped by police on Chapel Street, in Bridlington, after reports of him arguing with a woman. In his pocket was found cheques which had gone missing from Margaret Metcalfe’s cheque book.
Mrs Metcalfe told police that two days earlier the man’s partner, O’Neill, had been into her flat after asking to use her washing machine because she was pregnant and her machine had broken.
Mrs Mills said: “Miss O’Neill said she did not know the difference between a paying in book and a cheque book.”
And Mrs Mills told the court that on November 24 while a member of staff at Field House doctors surgery went outside to deal with a man causing problems a purse went missing from someone’s handbag in a consulting room. CCTV footage showed O’Neill at various locations around the surgery.
In mitigation, Lawrence Watts said O’Neill handled the oboe and games console because she wanted to “turn a quick profit.”
Mr Watts said the most telling of all was the opportunistic theft of the purse and mobile phone from the dance school.
He said: “She says she needs to take control of her activities and take control of her life and to make amends. There’s an awful lot of work to do.
“She’s a young lady that has seen the senior side of life, she has put herself in that environment and now she is the only person who can provide the motivation to climb out of it.”
O’Neill was given a 12 month supervision order with a drug rehabilitation requirement for nine months and ordered to pay £97 compensation.