A pair of Scottish twins brazenly stole a huge sum out of their grandparents’ life savings after offering to shop for them during the pandemic, Express reports.
The twins, Clair and Louise Smith, 25, orchestrated a scheme in which they pretended they were going to act as their grandparents’ caretakers, only to steal $11,000 in savings from the aged couple, Crawford Pirrie, 73, and his wife Marlene, 75.
The twins managed to steal their grandparents’ savings by getting their greedy mitts on the couple’s bank cards.
At a hearing at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in December, Sheriff Geroge Jamieson shocked the community when he decided not to order the twins to pay back the money they purloined from their grandparents.
Speaking of the betrayal for the first time today, the victims said: “We’re ashamed to be related to them.”
Evil twins who stole grandparents’ life savings and haven’t repaid a penny walk free
“Not only have the twins refused to pay the money they stole from us but they haven’t even said sorry,” Mr Pirrie said.
“They have been acting like they are the victims ever since the court hearing, insisting they haven’t done anything wrong,” he added. “They are creatures of the lowest form and we are ashamed to be related to them.”
The court left it up to the twins to repay the money they stole out of their grandparents’ savings, the Daily Mail reports.
Meanwhile, taxpayers were stuck with a $1,800 bill for legal aid for the thieves.
The pair, from Ayrshire, Scotland, were convicted last December but were not sent to jail as Sheriff George Jamieson instead ordered them to be fitted with an electronic tag and given a curfew.
Twins who stole their grandparents’ £8,000 life savings while running errands with their bank card ‘still haven’t said sorry or paid back a penny’ three months after being spared jail
The retired grandparents permitted the twins to withdraw small sums of cash to shop for groceries on their behalf during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the past year, never imagining that the young ladies would steal their savings.
The twins were discovered to have stolen from their grandparents when another family member went to make a withdrawal from the savings account and discovered to their horror that a large portion was missing.
At first the twins denied they had stolen the cash.
Then, as they approached a trial, they pleaded guilty in October, the Mirror reports.
“They know exactly what they did.”
Twins who stole grandparents’ life savings ‘yet to say sorry or pay them back a penny’
The court sentenced the twins to a three-month restriction of liberty order for stealing from their grandparents’ savings.
The twins said they would look after their grandparents after their grandmother had a stroke and the couple downsized to a smaller home in 2018.
Louise Smith’s attorney, Simon Brown, told the court that she would voluntarily pay $140 a month toward her debt to her grandparents. Clair Smith’s solicitor advocate said that she was “thoroughly ashamed” and also offered to pay back the elderly couple.
The Sun reports that the couple’s bank refused to reimburse them for the stolen cash because they had given their bank card over to their grandchildren willingly.
In December Crawford and Marlene were hoping to raise back their life savings to “restore their faith in humanity”. A GoFundMe was set up by their daughter to help them redecorate their house and pay for vet bills.
Pensioners furious as grandkids who stole £8,000 in life savings REFUSE to pay them back