An angry ex wife and her lover robbed 25 houses that were open for inspection to get even with her real estate ex hubby, Helen M 30 plus claims her bitter break up spurred her on to have revenge on realter Andrew J by nicking $110,000 bucks worth of Jewellery and loot from homes for sale in affluent suburbs, she told the judge she hated realtors as they were ripoff artists.
It appears she left her Hubby for her internet blogging boy friend and partner in crime, an American who she told; her 10 year marriage was abusive and her hubby needed to be taught a lesson. Her ex explained that his ex wife Helen had an addiction to the internet and particularly to men on the Net and her American lover, Chris F 39, whom she met on line now faces deportation after pleading guilty to multiple fraud and theft charges.
The now engaged couples lawyer told the court there was no motive of financial hardship.
The court heard the thefts were carefully planned with Helen M using her knowledge of computers and the R/E Industry to rob 'soft targets'- Large houses with poor security during inspections.
On some trips she would go alone and pocketed entire jewellery boxes, occasionally Chris F would accompany her, on the day they were arrested they had robbed four homes and were caught with $20,000 worth of goods in their possession.
Most of the stolen jewellery has been recovered.
Their lawyer urged the judge not to send her to prison, saying she was deeply remorseful, and had been on medication for depression and was suffering a diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder involving persistant Blogging leading to stealing.
The couple are now on bail, and will be sentenced in March.
Blogging could be leading us away from the straight and narrow.