Woman in wheelchair stole e-cigs cause she was ‘dying for a smoke’

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A woman in a wheelchair stole hundreds of pounds of e-cigarettes because she was ‘dying’ for a smoke, a court heard.

Susan Coy, 63, of Columbia Street, Huthwaite, pleaded guilty to the theft at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5th March.

Prosecuting, Robert Carr said that Coy was caught after a member of staff at B&M Bargains became suspicious and informed security.

The CCTV was checked and it showed Coy taking the e-cigarettes without paying. A description of Coy was then put out and she was located in a nearby bus station with the e-cigarettes, valued at £126.

The items were recovered and Coy admitted the theft in police interview.

She said that she had gone out to get some ‘bits and bobs’ but ended up stealing after recently giving up smoking.

Representing herself, Coy said: “I am really sorry that I did it. I had just stopped smoking and the temptation was there. I have been trying to stop smoking for a long time, I was dying for one. I just wanted to have a smoke without having a proper cigarette.”

Coy was fined £70 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.