A pair of Sutton thieves were warned their punishment may well be more serious than a fine after admitting stealing toiletries.
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday last week how Kerry Causer and Daniel Lynk stole 12 cans of deodorant and eight tubs of Sudocrem.
Causer (30), of Northwood Avenue, and Lynk (29), of Outram Street, worked together on two occasions last month to make off with the haul without paying at Sutton’s Wilkinson store.
Prosecutor Daniel Pietriyka said they admitted the thefts after being arrested on 25th April.
“They have a son who had outgoings including bus fair to college costing £7 per day,” he added.
“That is why they stole the items.”
Deborah Bell, defending, said Causer had been unable to secure child benefit to support her son.
She added: “Miss Causer was struggling to raise the funds so resorted to stealing.
“It is a real shame because she had been keeping out of trouble.”
Ms Bell said neither had been before the courts since October last year.
The pair also admitted charges for failing to turn up for court the same morning.
Ms Bell said the pair had mistakenly though they bailed to appear on 10th May instead of 8th.
They realised their mistake after being phoned by a police officer and came to the magistrates’ court but were too late for the morning session.
The court was also told how the pair had both been dependent on heroin but were trying to beat the addiction.
They were bailed to return to Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 16th May pending a probation report.