Retford: Ordsall carer stole jewellery worth nearly £2,000 from disabled woman

In Court
In Court

A carer hired to look after a severely disabled woman stole and pawned nearly £2,000 worth of her jewellery.

Claire Ball, 30, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday where she given an 18 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

She must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation.

Ball, of Brecks Road, Ordsall, Retford, had previously pleaded guilty to theft by employee and also admitted possession of a weapon after a knuckleduster was found on her during interview.

She had been caring for Helen Till, 55, for seven years when her father noticed a large amount of valuable Pandora jewellery was missing from her home.

PC Gareth Mitchell was alerted to the theft, in Ordsall, on 8th January. He interviewed Ball, who denied any knowledge of the jewellery.

The officer visited Cash Brokers in Exchange Street, Retford – a place where people can pawn jewellery and other items for money.

The shop owner recalled a transaction with Ball on 28th November 2013, where he paid her £200 for Pandora jewellery.

Faced with the evidence, Ball admitted stealing a Pandora jewellery box, Pandora bracelets, a Pandora necklace and around 60 Pandora charms, totalling around £1,775.

PC Mitchell said: “Helen is severely disabled and needs 24 hour care. She hired Claire Ball in the belief that she would be caring and kind but she betrayed her trust in the most appalling way.”

“Instead of showing compassion, she took advantage of her position to line her pockets. The jewellery was Helen’s pride and joy and she’s very upset that she hasn’t got them back.”

“She is devastated by the incident but wants others to learn from what happened to her.”

Despite attempts to trace the jewellery, it has never been found.

Police are appealing for anyone who has bought Pandora jewellery or jewellery box from the Cash Brokers in Exchange Street since November is asked to contact Notts Police on 101.