Grovelling WhatsApp confession of thief who stole from deaf granddad and pal

These are the grovelling WhatsApp messages of a "sly" thief who stole from her own deaf grandfather and targeted her best friend.

Melissa Collier blubbered that she did it because she's an "idiot" who could not manage her own money.

And the 28-year-old from Anlaby, Hull, also admitted she did not think she would get caught, reports Hull Live.

Attempting to come up with excuses for her behaviour, she told her pal: "I'm an idiot for doing it cause I know it's an awful thing for me to have even considered, let alone done. I am sincerely sorry."

Collier let herself into her grandparents' home and "crept" past her deaf granddad, 92, who was confined to a chair, when she knew her grandma, 83, was out and stole their money "multiple times".

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She also stole from her best friend, Samantha Wood, who caught her in the act on a secret camera.

Unbeknown to Miss Wood, police had also set up a camera at Collier's grandparents' home. 

After being caught red-handed, Collier confessed all to her best friend Miss Wood, 27, on the day she was arrested in a series of lengthy text messages.

She tried to explain her actions, blaming her debts, and says she "didn't have the guts" to ask for financial help.

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Collier, who lives in Hull city centre, wrote: "I'm gonna be really honest with you, I've been taking money from my grandparents for the past few weeks, they've got suspicious and contacted police (rightly so) and I got arrested today.

"I took £10 from your purse last week and I'm so sorry. I know you contacted police and have got evidence.

"I've been struggling really bad recently trying to pay off old debts and just being too proud to ask for help and being an idiot and done a stupid stupid thing.

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"I had no right to do that and I have completely broken your trust."

The text messages were the first the best friends of 14 years had spoken about the thefts.

A heartbroken Miss Wood had kept quiet for months while the investigations were ongoing. Miss Wood told her she "loved her like a sister" and told her she did not believe the money was to pay off debts.

She replied: "I know everything you've done. I know you've been stealing off me for months. Did our friendship mean nothing?

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"You say you've been stealing from me (multiple times) because you've been struggling to pay debts but you stole £20/30 quid off me one night and then came round the next day with loads of stuff you'd bought for your flat, I knew what you'd bought then was with the money you'd stole from me and couldn't believe you actually came round and showed me.

"If you'd asked, I would have given you it. I loved you like a sister, I'd of asked my dad for you."

Collier then admitted she "didn't think she could get caught" and said she just "could not get a grip on it".

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Although she was only prosecuted for stealing £10, she admitted taking at least £150 when Miss Wood asked her how much she had taken.

Collier said: "In honesty I've taken £150 and I'm sorry. In time I will pay you back.

"I'm sorry Sammy, like I said my head hasn't been in the right place and I'm not using it as an excuse. I'm just saying I've been struggling and I've chosen a stupid mistake. I know I'm sorry Sammy it just wasn't a thought process at the time.

"I just thought if I ask [for money] I'll look like I'm failing and I'm trying to have my head above water and hold a facade so I knew this was my only option.

"I'm sorry cause I know I've hurt you. I've felt guilty all the time and I'm gonna have to live with it."

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Collier said she knows she should have stopped, but just "could not get a grip on it".

She said: "I haven't been able to manage my money for a while.

"Like I said Sammy I wasn't thinking and I was being selfish and at the time of me doing it I didn't put you into consideration and it's disgusting but I have felt guilty once I've done it.

"I know I should've stopped a long time ago. I just couldn't get a grip on it.

"I just felt too proud to ask. I felt like a failure asking and that was my stupid decision to make."

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Collier pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of theft.

She was jailed on Tuesday for two nights while Judge Paul Watson QC, Honorary Recorder of Hull considered her punishment.

She returned to Hull Crown Court on Thursday, and before she learned her fate, a victim impact statement, written by Miss Wood was read to the court.

In the statement, Miss Wood said Collier's crime had an impact on her both mentally and physically which was "a greater impact than she expected".

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She described Collier as not only a friend, but a confidant, and someone who was like a family member to her and who her and her son loved and trusted.

She said when Collier stole from her, she "took food from the table" and made it difficult for her to pay for bills.

A victim impact statement from the elderly couple's daughter (Collier's auntie), which was not read to the court was said to say the entire family were devastated to discover she was the thief.

Judge Paul Watson QC suspended Collier's sentence for 18 months and she walked free from court.

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He said the fact it was her first offence and that she had showed remorse and the fact there is "little" chance of her re-offending, he could suspend the sentence.

Collier's war-hero granddad, who has not been named, died before Collier apologised and did not see her convicted.

Speaking after sentencing, Miss Wood said she is just glad it is all over.

"I waited for her at court and she apologised to me and I gave her a hug and I told her that I hope she moves on from this and I hope she does better," she said.

"I don't hold grudges, I am just glad that it's done. We expected a suspended sentence, I don't know how I feel about it, nothing was going to make it better.

"A long custodial sentence would have been stupid, given what other people get away with. She's apologised and hopefully she can learn from this."

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