A PREGNANT woman rode off on a disabled pensioner’s £3,000 mobility scooter after stealing it from the 77-year-old’s shed “for a laugh” a court heard.
Beverley Gray told police she had found the scooter in the street, but later admitted taking it from a shed outside the pensioner’s home in Priory Road at Featherstone near Pontefract.
Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard Gray, 38, told her probation officer she committed the crime on July 25 last year “for a laugh.”
The theft victim got her scooter back but was left without transport while damage to the ignition barrel was repaired.
Prosecutor, Diane Gomersall said a neighbour on Priory Road became suspicious after Gray knocked on her door and asked if she wanted to buy perfume or a lamp.
The neighbour saw Gray go in to the 77-year-old woman’s garden and shortly after walk out pushing the scooter, before riding away on it.
Police were alerted and went to Gray and her 33-year-old partner Jamie Leech’s home on Verner Street at Featherstone.
Mrs Gomersall said police knocked on the door and the couple took some methadone before allowing officers in the house.
Police found the stolen mobility scooter in the living room.
Bench chair Hazel Chowcat said: “I notice from the (pre-sentence) report Miss Gray that you told the probation officer who interviewed you that you did it for a laugh.
“We also understand that you were in drink. This is a 77-year-old woman and this is her mobility. I can’t think of anything worse. It is seriously offensive that you should do this to an elderly lady.”
Gray said: “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”
Mrs Chowcat added: “We are also told that you have just had a child.”
Gray, who admitted burglary, was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work and a three-day-a-week 7pm to 7am curfew for eight weeks.
Leech, who admitted handling stolen goods, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 200 hours unpaid work and the same curfew as Gray.
Each must pay their victim £33.50 compensation.
Leech told the court: “What we did was despicable and we want to make it right.”