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Cleaner stole thousands of pounds of jewellery from homes

Clare Robertson, 43, targeted houses in Glasgow's west end, Tradeston and Bearsden.

Court: Robertson wept in the dock as she was remanded in custody.
Court: Robertson wept in the dock as she was remanded in custody. STV

A cleaner stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and cash from houses where she worked.

Grandmother Clare Robertson, 43, pocketed goods from houses in Glasgow's west end, Tradeston and Bearsden.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard she stole rings with "much sentimental value" from a 75-year-old woman who lived with her 82-year-old husband, which were never found and returned.

Robertson from Yoker, Glasgow, admitted a string of charges including five thefts between June 2015 and October 2016.

She also admitted two charges of "converting criminal property" by using jewellery to secure loans for £1000 and £400.

The court heard Robertson was employed as a cleaner at a house on Cleveden Drive, Kelvindale, between June 2015 and June 2016.

The owner noticed items of jewellery including a £4000 diamond ring, six gold bangles and two silver rings were missing.

In June 2016, Robertson used the diamond to secure a £1000 loan at a pawnbrokers in Knightswood. It was later returned.

While working at house at Highburgh Road, Glasgow, between May and October 2015, Robertson stole a £50 Amazon voucher and a jar of 20p coins, thought to contain £2200.

Fiscal depute Lauren Staunton said Robertson worked between March and April 2016 at a property in Bearsden where she cleaned for an elderly couple who were 82 and 75.

Eight rings were taken including an engagement ring with a large sapphire and six diamonds.

She said the jewellery was unable to be valued but had "much sentimental value".

Robertson also pocketed six rings worth £2850 at a second property in Bearsden.

In September 2016, while Robertson was working as a cleaner at a property in Tradeston, the owner noticed three rings worth £7900 were missing.

Ms Staunton said: "The complainer on that occasion contacted the accused who said that she didn't have the rings.

"She thereafter spoke to her on October 10 whereby the accused advised that she has being treated for depression and couldn't remember what she had done that day.

"She advised the complainer she would assist her getting her jewellery back. The jewellery was thereafter recovered."

A bottle filled with 50 pence and £1 coins were also taken, as well as $400 (£302) but they were not returned.

One of the rings was used to secure a £400 loan at a shop in Partick but was returned to its owner.

Robertson wept as sheriff Norman Ritchie QC remanded her in custody and deferred sentence until next month.

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