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Women steal their best friend’s teddy bears and sells them on ebay

By Mason White 6:29 AM September 22, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Two women were arrested on a charge of burglary after they stole their best friends teddy bears and sold them on ebay for a fraction of their true value, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 45-year-old Rachel Reynolds 48-year-old Claire Cunningham, have been sentenced to serve to years in jail after pleading guilty to burglary.

Cunningham’s daughter, 22-year-old Fearne Cunningham, has been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison, which was suspended for two years, after admitting to selling the teddy bears on ebay.

According to the police investigation, the two women betrayed the trust of their friend by stealing her collection of Steiff teddy bears worth around $57,000.

About 100 of the collectible bears were sold on ebay for a fraction of their real value.

Reynolds and Cunningham used a key to the door of the victim to enter her home on Saxelbye Road, while she was out visiting her dying mother in a hospital.

The victim, Christine May, said that she was distressed by the loss of her bear collection. She initially suspected her children, but was later devastated to find out that her friends betrayed her.

The bears were sold on ebay for just $2,900.