A MAN took his former partner’s gold link bracelet and two sovereign rings and left her a note.
It read they had been taken to be made into something beautifully special.
Johnathan Ford, 29, said he loved her, and when she questioned him he said she would have them back on Valentine’s Day.
But Rebecca Hill demanded them back. They were highly sentimental and had been given to her as a present by her grandmother.
She became suspicious and checked around local pawn shops herself.
A court heard how she discovered he had pawned them for £180.
She reported the matter to the police who had been able to return the jewellery to her.
At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday Ford, of Lon yr Orsaf in Mold, admitted stealing the jewellery on January 18 from her home in Ambrose Terrace, Mold.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge with £100 costs and he was ordered to pay £180 to the pawn shop which had lost out.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a four-year relationship, they had a daughter together, but they split up in November.
It was amicable and he was allowed to her home to see his daughter.
But when Miss Hill saw the note, she demanded the jewellery back.
After several excuses and delays in returning the jewellery, he said she would have them back on Valentine’s Day.
But she visited pawn shops and found that he had pawned them at the Buy it, Sell it shop in Mold town centre.
Arrested and interviewed, he admitted what he had done.
He said he had used a buy-back scheme under which he took out a loan of £180 with the jewellery as security and that he would be able to buy them back for £210.
Damian Sabino, defending, said Ford had not intended to steal anything.
He in his own mind had borrowed it without permission with the intention of returning them but he accepted that in the eyes of the law that was theft.
Ford had left a note so she would not get upset.
He was desperate for money at the time.
Ford had worked as a removals man for four years but had lost his job.
He did not know how to get money and was in debt after Christmas.
Ford hoped that one way or another he would be able to get them back from the pawn shop before she knew they had gone.
But that had not been possible.
He described it as “a silly mistake” .