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Man from Darlington is given suspended jail sentence after stealing bank card
A THIEF who took a vulnerable elderly man's bank card and used it to withdraw more than £8,000 has been spared jail.
Teesside Crown Court heard that Raymond Bragg spent the money on heroin in order to feed his addiction.
The 45-year-old defendant, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, said he found the card on a flight of steps at a guest house in Darlington where the victim lived.
Prosecuting, Jenny Haigh said Bragg had made 68 cash withdrawals with the stolen card between May 3 and June 19 this year, totalling £8,860.
The court was told it had left the victim feeling angry, upset and taken advantage of.
He had now been reimbursed by his bank.
Stephen Andrews, representing Bragg, said when he was using heroin he committed offences of dishonesty.
“Heroin has blighted his adult life,” he said. “However he has now used this as a turning point to rid himself of his heroin addiction.”
Bragg, of Outram Street, Darlington, was given a 12 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months and told that he would do 150 hours unpaid work in the community by Judge Howard Crowson.