A 36-YEAR-OLD woman stole a mobile phone after it was left on a bus by a passenger, a court has heard.
Jamie Gregory, of Kipling Terrace in Bideford, pleaded guilty to theft by finding after she picked up the Sony Xperia phone which belonged to Marika Joy on April 21.
The court heard Gregory, who has 13 previous convictions, took the phone after Ms Joy had left the bus momentarily to go to a shop.
The bus driver was also Ms Joy's boyfriend.
When she returned she noticed her phone was missing so contacted Stagecoach when she got home who looked at CCTV footage which identified Gregory as the thief.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court Gregory had still not returned the phone and refused to do so.
"She said 'if someone is stupid enough to leave their things I will take them'," said Mrs Baker.
Tim Hook, for the defence, said Gregory claimed the phone was on the bus seat, not in a bag as stated by the victim, and she took it because she thought it had been left there. He also said Gregory was not suggesting she should keep the phone.
Magistrates adjourned Gregory's case until November 1.