THIS cocky thief stole his girlfriend’s mother’s credit card and went on a spending spree.
Colin Lumsden pocketed a credit card belonging to partner Laura’s mum Pauline Askew, after a family shopping trip.
Her daughter had assured her the Capital One card would be safe at the couple’s home in Witherwack.
But when Ms Askew checked with the credit card company, she found someone had been splashing out on her plastic.
Unbeknown to the mother of his two children, Lumsden had treated himself to £70 of cigarettes and a £650 gold chain.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that the dishonest 24-year-old racked up £1,220 of debt on September 17.
Unemployed Lumsden admitted seven charges of fraud and one of theft.
Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said Ms Askew discovered what Lumsden had done, when one of her daughter’s friends told her he had the credit card and was bragging about using it.
She went to see her daughter at the house she shared with Lumsden in Woodford Close, who told her that he had left during the night and not returned.
Mrs Smith said: “She rang her credit card company, Capital One, and reported that the credit card had been stolen.
“They confirmed a number of transactions had been made that day, totalling £1,220.
“Capital One has compensated the victim in relation to the theft, but they are now out of pocket as a result.”
In a statement read out to the court, Ms Askew said: “The incident has really upset me.
“A lot of people had said things about Colin, but I had always defended him.
“I can’t believe he has betrayed my trust like that. This will have a massive impact on our lives as a family, as he is the father of my grandchildren.”
Defending, Heather Bolton said Ms Askew had previously allowed the couple to use the credit card, so they knew the pin.
She added on that day, Lumsden had been to see his family GP, who was so concerned about his mental health.
Lumsden has since paid back £315 of the stolen credit and won back the trust of his girlfriend’s family.
Magistrates sentenced the fraudster to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12-months, and ordered he complete a 10-month drug rehabilitation programme.
Chairman of the bench John Price said a report by the Probation Service showed drugs seemed to be at the root of Lumsden’s problem.
“Quite simply, you could have gone to prison today,” he told him.
“We read here that your partner’s mam is thinking of taking you to Spain over Christmas.
“We hope that you can put your life back.”
He must also pay back £900 in compensation to the credit card company, at a rate of £5 a week.