Woman stole driver’s cash

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A WOMAN stole a wallet from an unsuspecting taxi driver before jumping out of his moving car, when she asked him to take her back to her women’s refuge.

Victoria Cottam met her victim in a pub in Gateshead on March 3, and suggested they go back to his home in Washington, Sunderland magistrates’ heard.

The 32-year-old confided in the man that she was staying in a women’s refuge due to her abusive partner, and he bought her drinks before they went back to his house in Albany, prosecutor John McGlone said.

“She was all over me kissing and touching me in a suggestive manner,” the man told police.

Cottam, of East Barwick Street, Easington Colliery, spotted him place his wallet in his pocket, she returned downstairs to where he had left his jeans and removed it.

“He believed she had his wallet, so he decided to take her to Gateshead police station,” Mr McGlone said.

“When they were driving in High West Street, she jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran off.”

Cottam later admitted theft and was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order, ordered to pay a £70 fine, £85 costs and £20 compensation.