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Woman sentenced after stealing from elderly couple in Watford

20 Sep 2021
  • Claire Charlton, aged 33, has been sentenced for burgling an elderly couple in Watford

  • The court heard how she stole cash and sentimental jewellery from the property in Radlett Road

  • She was confronted by one of the victims and ran from the house

A woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of burgling an elderly couple in Watford.

Claire Charlton, of Rickmansworth Road, Watford, was previously found guilty of burglary dwelling and theft following a short trial at St Albans Crown Court, which concluded on Thursday 12 August. She appeared for sentencing on Friday 17 September.

The jury heard that on Saturday 20 April 2019, Charlton entered the victims’ home off Radlett Road via a side door.

The victims, both aged in their 80s, were sitting in their conservatory when they heard a noise. The female victim went to investigate and found 33 year old Charlton searching the kitchen.

The defendant quickly exited the house and ran off, before the victims called the police. It was later discovered that Charlton had stolen hundreds of pounds in cash, jewellery and an antique watch worth thousands of pounds.

Some of the items stolen were of huge sentimental value to the victims and can never be replaced.

Charlton was later arrested on suspicion of the offence in June 2019 before being charged.

Detective Constable Jon Holmes, who led the investigation, said: “Charlton clearly had no qualms about targeting two vulnerable victims in their own home and brazenly stealing items which did not belong to her.

“It has been a long time coming but I am pleased this case has finally concluded, resulting in a custodial sentence. Now she is behind bars, Charlton is no longer able to commit crime which harms the community.”

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