Woman stole appliances and furnishings worth £900

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A 35-year-old woman stole household appliances and furnishings worth over £900 when she was leaving rented accommodation.

Lisa Montgomery of Austin Drive, Tandragee, admitted the theft between August 1, 2013, and February 2, 2014, from Union Street, Lurgan.

She was conditionally discharged for 12 months and told to pay £250 compensation.

The court heard that on March 20 police received a report from the landlord that Montgomery and a man had taken household goods from the property.

Montgomery said she had only taken the washing machine because she could not afford a new one.

She told police to “look in the hedges, we threw a lot of stuff out”. The cost of the items that were taken came to £957. She had no previous record.

Defence said Montgomery was prepared to repay any money owed and had brought some money to court.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said she did not know or understand the full extent of what was happening.

The other person involved has not been dealt with yet.