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Inverness woman jailed for stealing from vulnerable people

A woman who stole from older and vulnerable people has been jailed at Inverness Sheriff Court for 14 months.

Kathleen Johnstone, 40, of Inverness, posed as a carer to gain entry to a 56-year-old disabled woman's home to steal £100.

She also took £20, loose change and scratch cards from an 83-year-old woman.

Johnstone also stole £120 from a man while he was sitting in a street and too drunk to stop her from doing so.

This incident was seen on CCTV cameras and Johnstone was later arrested by police.

At court she admitted three thefts and a breach of a bail curfew.

Sentencing Johnstone, Sheriff Margaret Neilson said: "It is quite despicable to target the elderly and infirm.

"You were preying on the vulnerable and I deem this to be a very serious matter. You were also on three bail orders at the time."

The sentence was backdated to 7 April when Johnstone was remanded in custody.

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