South Scotland

Jedburgh cleaner admits £15,000 theft

A cleaner from the Borders has admitted stealing £15,000 from a pensioner with health difficulties.

Teresa Brown, 44, of Jedburgh, was trusted with the 68-year-old's bank card and PIN number so that she could do his shopping and withdraw her wages.

However, she also made withdrawals to pay for her own shopping and debts.

She was originally charged with taking £60,000 and was due to stand trial before she pled guilty to stealing the reduced figure of £15,000.

The offence took place while she was working at the home of the pensioner in Kirk Yetholm between October 2011 and August 2012.

Sentence was deferred until 2 May at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

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