Tayside and Central Scotland

Former Girl Guide leader stole £8,000 from 93-year-old woman

Ann Taylor Image copyright PPA
Image caption Ann Taylor stole £8,000 from a 93-year-old woman

A former Girl Guide leader and charity organiser stole money from two pensioners, a court heard.

Ann Taylor, who has a previous conviction for theft, took £8,000 from a 93-year-old woman.

She also stole £163 from an 84-year-old man at his home in Crieff in October last year.

Taylor, who has since been removed from her post at the Guides, will be sentenced at Perth Sheriff Court later in May.

The 53-year-old, of Lintibert Terrace, Crieff, admitted stealing £8,000 between 1 July 2013 and 27 February 2014 in Muthill, Crieff and Dunblane.

Police started investigating Taylor after a report that money had gone missing from the Girl Guides. while she was the organisation's Central division commander.

She was charged with embezzling £1,337 from the organisation, but the Crown accepted a not guilty plea to that charge when Taylor admitted stealing from the unnamed pensioner.

She also admitted stealing £163 from an 84-year-old man at his home in Crieff on 21 October last year.

A national appeal was made when Taylor went missing in the middle of November.

She was later spotted walking across the Tay Bridge in Dundee before eventually being found in Fife several days later.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis deferred sentence for the preparation of background reports.

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