Partner 'went shopping with £9k and never came back'
A MOTHER-OF-THREE is appealing for information about her former partner — who she claims told his family he was going to visit shops, but instead disappeared with the family's savings of £9,000.
Katie Lee Jones, from West Cross, said she last saw partner Mark Cohen a week ago, when he put their one-year-old son Alfie to bed. She alleges the 47-year-old then told her he was going to visit the shops to buy some chocolate — but never came back.
Katie Lee, aged 22, said: "I am still finding it hard to get my head around."
She claimed: "When he didn't come back, I noticed things were missing, including the money I had taken out of the bank to refurbish our kitchen and shower."
She further claimed: "He had taken my car and driven it round the corner where he had bought a van from a private seller and disappeared. The van had no tax, and he took the disc from my car. It was found parked in Bridgend the following day."
Katie Lee said the couple had been together for more than two years, and before the birth of Alfie, had shared the loss of another child who had been born aged 21 weeks, suffering from Potter's Syndrome. And in their time together, Katie Lee's other children, Macy and Harley Lee, aged five and three, had grown to treat Cohen as their father.
She said: "I've since found out he had no driving licence, which meant he has been driving my children around with no insurance.
"I am not overly bothered he has left, because if he was prepared to do that he could not have cared about his children. But I am angry about the way he has taken thousands of pounds of money, and the children are distraught."
Katie Lee said Cohen, who didn't work, had a history of travelling and knew cities including Birmingham, Gloucester, Bournemouth, Poole, London, Brighton, Ipswich, and Hastings.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating the theft of cash from a house in West Cross which happened on Saturday, October 12. The incident is believed to be domestic related and enquiries into the matter are ongoing."