A TRAINEE nurse stole a mobile phone and charger from a pawnbrokers.
Caroline Allyson Stoker, also known as Elstob, walked out of Cash Generators, in High Street West, Sunderland, without paying for the phone, which she had exchanged for her own mobile.
But the 47-year-old had already left her details with shop assistants as part of the trade-in deal and was later arrested at her home.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that Stoker was given the £80 phone by an assistant after trading in her old one, but left the store without paying, after asking for the phone’s charger.
Police went to her flat in Cruddas Park, Elswick, Newcastle, and she told them she had dumped the phone down a rubbish chute after it stopped working.
Her solicitor Mr Connell said Stoker, a second year nursing student, had stopped offending after 10 years of regularly committing crimes, but the “temptation had been to much.”
Stoker pleaded guilty to the theft. Magistrates imposed an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £80 compensation to Cash Generators.