A thief from Deal who preyed on a vulnerable victim and threw a cup of spit at a police officer has been jailed for more than two years.
Melissa Goldstone, 34, of Colmanton Grove talked her way into a residential address in Telegraph Road, Deal on Monday 15 January 2019. She was spotted by a carer who had arrived to assist a woman at the address. When the carer walked in Goldstone left in a hurry without saying goodbye.
On Sunday 21 January 2019 the victim’s bank card was found on the floor in Freeman’s Way by a member of the public who took the liberty to try and locate the owner of the card and return it to her. The matter was also reported to the police when it was discovered the bank card had actually been stolen along with the woman’s handbag.
Enquiries were carried out and it was discovered the card had been used to buy a number of items of clothing and food at several shops since Monday 15 January. CCTV was reviewed, which showed Goldstone using the card on one occasion where she forged the victim’s signature to buy goods when the contactless payment option wasn’t available.
Goldstone was also seen entering a supermarket in West Street on Saturday 19 January where it was discovered she’d asked to check the number of points available on the victim’s supermarket reward card, which had also been taken.
On Thursday 7 February 2019 she was caught red handed with sports clothes and accessories after being seen concealing the goods on CCTV before leaving the shop. Kent Police was called and Goldstone was arrested at the scene in Dover High Street.
Following a search of her property, another card belonging to the victim was discovered.
When Goldstone was in custody she was biting her mouth to draw blood, then spat into a cup and threw it in the face of a police officer. She was further charged with assault. As a result of her actions that officer had to go to hospital as a precaution. Goldstone claimed she didn’t know he was stood there and denied all the allegations of theft.
Goldstone was subsequently charged with burglary and five counts of shoplifting, during which items including alcohol, meat, cheese, coffee and clothes had been stolen between December 2018 and February 2019. She was also charged with five counts of fraud and assaulting an emergency worker. She eventually admitted to these charges and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 25 April 2019 where she received a two-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Investigating officer PC Danielle Rolfe said: ‘Goldstone knew what she was doing when she knocked on the door of her victim’s house that day. She took advantage of her vulnerable nature in a bid to steal her belongings and then went on a spending spree with her bank card. Even going to the lengths of forging her signature on at least one occasion.
‘We won’t tolerate thieves like her who repeatedly break the law to fund their lifestyles at the expense of innocent people and businesses. Goldstone has also been given a criminal behaviour order, which prevents her from entering Deal or Dover High Street and the surrounding areas for two years.
‘If anyone suspects their friend or neighbour has been deceived by someone like Goldstone please report it to the police so that we can ensure justice is served.’