Woman stole stroke victim’s phone as he collapsed in store

Burnley Magistartes Court.
Burnley Magistartes Court.

A woman stole a man’s mobile phone after he collapsed in a supermarket with a stroke, a court heard.

Emma Jane Woods (27), of Crabtree Street, Colne, and formerly of Fulham Street, Nelson, had originally denied the theft of the phone but changed her plea to guilty when she made a fifth appearance before Pennine magistrates.

Mr Eddie Harrison (prosecuting) told the court victim Andrew Moulding was shopping in the Tesco store in Colne town centre when he felt unwell and collapsed.

Store staff went to his aid and Woods, who knew Mr Moulding as she had previously been in a relationship with his brother, took his spectacles and phone and said she would give them to his father.

However, she only handed over the glasses and kept the phone, which contained personal data and items of sentimental value.

Miss Laura Heywood (defending) said Woods accepted she had stolen the phone but disputed the £400 value placed on it by the prosecution.

The case was adjourned until March 26th for the preparation of reports.