Stolen jewels sold to undercover cop

A PAIR of crooks sold TVs and jewellery stolen from an 82-year-old woman to an undercover police officer.

David Cameron, 33, and Sharon Gardner, 41, were snared under Operation Irondale when they agreed to meet ‘JJ’ on November 6 last year, a court heard.

Gardner met him at Todmorden bus station and led him to her home in nearby Stansfield Road, where she summoned Cameron – known as Dizzy.

They took JJ to Linden Avenue where two flat-screen TVs worth more than £500 were stashed in undergrowth.

Cameron, who had just been released from jail, said he had slept there since absconding from his bail hostel.

They took the TVs back to Gardner’s to prove they worked and while there, the pair produced four rings and a bracelet.

Gardner also showed off a fifth ring on her finger, which she said she was keeping. Officers agreed to buy all the other items for £110.

All the property had been snatched in a burglary just two days earlier in nearby Birch Avenue.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said: “Cameron appeared to demonstrate some knowledge of the burglary. He said the goods shouldn’t be sold by them in Todmorden.”

Cameron was arrested three days later over a separate matter and recalled to prison. He refused to come out of his cell to be interviewed about the stolen goods.

Gardner was arrested soon after and denied any wrong-doing at first. But when JJ was shown to her, she asked to speak to a solicitor.

Both have now pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. Cameron also admitted a second count relating to a head torch officers found him with.

Judge Peter Benson at Bradford Crown Court ordered Gardner to complete a community order under supervision for 12 months, plus a six-month drugs rehabilitation programme.

Cameron, of no fixed address, has a long record of convictions for burglaries. He was sentenced to six months in jail.