Hunts charity shop raided by 'evicted' couple
A HUNTINGDON woman gave her boyfriend a kiss for luck before he broke into a charity shop, a court was told last week. Tracey Stonnell, 39, and her partner Daniel Crow, 24, both formerly of Huntingdon High Street, burgled the town s Blind Shop in the ea
A HUNTINGDON woman gave her boyfriend "a kiss for luck" before he broke into a charity shop, a court was told last week.
Tracey Stonnell, 39, and her partner Daniel Crow, 24, both formerly of Huntingdon High Street, burgled the town's Blind Shop in the early hours of March 31 this year.
Huntingdon Magistrates' Court was told on Thursday (May 21) that they stole donation boxes and stamps totalling over �1,500 from the shop on St Mary's Street.
Stonnell denied being party to the burglary, which Crow had pleaded guilty to.
She did not enter the premises, but acted as a lookout.
"She was party to a joint enterprise," said Sylvia Cundle, prosecuting. "And in law each party is responsible for acts done within the scope of that enterprise. She knew perfectly well what Mr Crow was about."
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Earlier that day the couple had returned to their house in the High Street to find they had been evicted and the house boarded up. They had been walking round the town centre looking for somewhere to spend the night.
They were filmed by CCTV walking up Literary Walk and through the Copleys Solicitors car park at 1.11am.
They then kissed and disappeared from sight for 12 minutes whenthe charity shop was raided.
Stonnell denied any knowledge of what her boyfriend was doing and said she had fallen asleep under a tree.
At 1.23am the couple were filmed walking hand-in-hand down St Mary's Street towards the High Street, with Crow carrying a holdall.
Stonnell was arrested at a friend's house in Dallington Court, Huntingdon.
She also admitted the theft of a Comic Relief collection tin from the Subway sandwich shop in Chequers Court, Huntingdon, on March 18.
Magistrate Sandy Chapman said: "Our findings are that Tracey Stonnell did take part.
The walk towards St Mary's street was purposeful.
"We find that there was a kiss for luck, which we say was encouragement for a joint enterprise. We do not find it credible that Tracey Stonnell did not know what was in the bag that Mr Crow was carrying."
Magistrates felt that their sentencing powers were insufficient for Stonnell and sent her to crown court for sentencing at a date yet to be set.