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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Grandmother fined for thefts from Carlisle superstore

A grandmother went into a supermarket with an empty shopping bag – then tried to flee after filling it with stolen items.

Sharon Margaret Stewart, 45, packed the bag with things including toys while trying to leave with clothes in her hands too.

She pleaded guilty to shop theft at Sainsbury’s in Caldewgate, Carlisle, on February 11.

The items found in her shopping bag were various toys without packaging with labels cut off, staff checked the store for empty packaging to match the toys found in her bag and some empty boxes were found to match the toys she had taken, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard.

Stewart, of Caldew Maltings, said she went into the store “with her grandson’s toys in her handbag, but then put them into a carrier bag”.

Paul Green, mitigating, said Stewart used to be a hairdresser, and she had been at her aunt’s house earlier in the day to cut her hair. The court was told earlier that Stewart liked to carry the scissors in her bag in case her own hair needed cutting.

He said his client had been suffering from depression and that the theft was out of character.

Stewart was fined £73 with prosecution costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £20; she must pay the store £60.90 in compensation because goods recovered were not in a saleable condition.

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