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Woman admits stealing from great-grandmother

A Lehigh County woman admitted stealing jewelry from her great-grandmother and then pawning the jewelry.

Jessica Amber Brooking, 28, of Allentown, appeared in Carbon County court on Monday to enter a plea to one count of criminal trespass, a felony three, and a summary offense of driving under suspension before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

She admitted entering the home of her great-grandmother on July 10, 2016, located along Snyders Road in Palmerton, and taking jewelry with an estimated value of $1,700. She then pawned some of the jewelry at a pawnshop in Lehighton for $145. Some of the jewelry was recovered.

Brooking admitted to mental health problems, stating she had been receiving help for the problem for some time. She said she was on medication for her problems but stopped taking the medication about two years ago because she felt she didn’t need it anymore.

Brooking told the court, “I apologize from what I did. I made a big mistake.”

Nanovic placed her on probation for two years and ordered her to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, make restitution of $1,235, supply a DNA sample, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.

On the summary offense she was fined $200 and costs.