A 19-year-old reported her father and aunt to police after she recognized the two on CCTV footage, reports the Independent.
Cora Patterson, who is five months pregnant, saw the video that was circulated on Facebook by the family of the woman whose home Colin Patterson and Janine Patterson burglarized.
The two took precious items from the woman’s home, including jewelry her deceased parents had given her for a birthday, and a swimming medal that belonged to her mother.
Cora said that when she found out she was pregnant, her father was very happy about it. She hoped that this would be a fresh start for the man, who has a long criminal history.
“I found out I was pregnant in February and dad was over the moon. It was his first grandchild and he told me it would be a fresh start for him. Less than a month later, I spotted him on CCTV burgling a family home. I felt so angry and ashamed and I posted their names and details on Facebook. I was devastated and I felt so bad for the people whose home he had burgled. I felt at rock bottom.”
After naming the two on Facebook, Cora got in touch with the homeowner and soon after that she spoke with police.
She told The Sun, that “putting my own father in prison was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was the right thing to do.”
Colin Patterson was sentenced to four years in prison and his sister was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Judge Timothy Stead said that what the 19-year-old did was honorable, especially since the burglars were her own family.
“It does take some serious courage to do that. As far as I’m concerned, she [Cora Patterson] should be commended.”
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