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A 25-year-old woman from Chorley has been jailed for stealing from her grandfather to spend on drugs, tattoos and takeaways. Nicole Taylor has admitted to stealing thousands of pounds from her 79-year-old grandfather after he moved into a care home. She was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to theft at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.
When elderly Norman Glover’s health deteriorated, the barwoman became power of attorney and was asked to look after his home with the use of his bank card to pay for bills or repairs.
Police said Taylor stole from the “vulnerable” man’s life savings “at his time of need”.
The stolen £37,000 was spent on mostly takeaways, tattoos and cash withdrawals which were believed to have been spent on drugs, as she later admitting to having a drug problem, Lancashire Police revealed.
Police added that Taylor, of Kershaw Street, spent the victim’s money over 14 months.
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The woman also reportedly paid for holidays and a car with the 79-year-old pensioner’s life savings.
Mr Glover, whose wife died weeks into the theft, was reportedly devastated by the deception.
Taylor’s grandfather’s family became aware of the thefts and went to the police with bank statements.
Det Con Rebecca Pugh, of Preston Police, said: “Taylor took advantage of her vulnerable grandfather at his time of need. The money spent was money he had earned and saved through working his whole life.
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“Her greed has left her family and in particular her grandfather devastated. The financial loss means he can no longer choose his care home because she selfishly took away that luxury.
“We welcome a custodial prison sentence, which is reflective of the offending Taylor committed.”
Prosecuting David Clarke explained that both Mr Glover and his wife had children from previous marriages and Taylor was the daughter of one of Mrs Glover’s children.
She referred to Mr Glover as ‘granddad’ and was treated by him “like my own”.
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