A WOMAN twice stole from an elderly woman after conning her way into her home.
Judge David Fletcher suspended a 12-month prison sentence after hearing remorseful Vicki Bowen had already served nine-and-a-half months on remand.
But he warned Bowen, 42, if she breaches the order she will be jailed.
Liverpool crown court heard Bowen knew the 86-year-old through her mum.
In January, Bowen called at the woman’s Bebington home and asked to use the toilet. The pensioner let her in, but when Bowen left she found cash was stolen. Geoffrey Greenwood, prosecuting said Bowen returned on February 24. Despite her victim trying to hide her jewellery, Bowen took a gold bangle.
Mr Greenwood said the victim did not report the first theft and was embarrassed to report the second, but did the next day. Bowen, of Heathcote Gardens, Bebington, initially denied stealing anything, but later pleaded guilty to two counts of thefts.
John Weate, defending, said Bowen accepted she behaved badly and was now ashamed.
Judge Fletcher sentenced her to 12-months in jail suspended for two years, placed her under supervision for 18 months and ordered her to attend a drug rehabilitation course.