Jewellery is recovered from a branch of The Money Shop.
It appears that the PR campaign for pawnbrokers is proving too tempting for some as a man from Hartlepool admits to paning his ex-girlfriend’s jewellery.
Neil Thomson, an unemployed steel worker, stole £1,700-worth of his ex’s jewellery and pawned it at a branch of The Money Shop. The 11-item booty included a £250 box chain and a £450 opal and diamond ring.
Hartlepool Magistrates Court heard that Thomson’s girlfriend Jillian Stamper had managed to retrieve the box chain and diamond and opal ring after contacting The Money Shop.
John Relton, mitigating, said that cruel financial circumstances and a five-figure debt had driven Thomson to commit the act. He told the court: ""It was something that drove an otherwise honest man to act dishonestly. For that he is extremely sorry."
The case has been adjourned until October 8 and Thomson was granted conditional bail.