A TEENAGE gambling addict stole a family heirloom from her friend’s gran’s home and pawned it to fund her habit.
Chloe McMillan, 18, took the diamond engagement ring and other jewellery in her £3300 haul.
McMillan – who had been staying with her friend’s gran’s – immediately came under suspicion when the family found the jewellery was missing.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard McMillan confessed she was the thief and tried to get the ring back from the pawnbroker – only to be told it had already been smelted down as scrap.
McMillan, of Murieston Valley in Livingston, appeared for sentence today after earlier pleading guilty to stealing the jewellery on August 8 last year.
She was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community within six months.
Neil Stewart, defending, said: “She’d clearly developed a serious gambling addiction and kept this a dark secret from her friends and family. She’s now attending Gamblers Anonymous weekly and she intends to pay the complainer back.”