A COUPLE who were caught stealing hundreds of pounds worth of razor blades from a Mansfield shop have avoided a custodial sentence.
Sheena Louise Tighe (31) of Cedar Street, Mansfield, and Luke Tomlinson (29) of Alfreton, Sutton both pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing the blades from the Wilkinson’s store on Clumber Street in March.
Tighe also pleaded guilty to stealing bedding from Dunhelm Mill in Mansfield in February.
The court was told that the couple had entered the Wilkinson’s store and managed to remove the packaging before hiding them in Tomlinson’s jacket.
They got away with £155-worth on 17th March, before returning four days later when they snatched another £140-worth.
They admitted to going in to the shop with the purpose of stealing.
The court was told that both defendants had committed the offences whilst already subject to conditional discharges, and they both have previous convictions for theft.
Defending, Stephanie Deane, said in mitigation that the pair were a couple but lived at separate addresses.
Tighe has a five-year-old daughter and is struggling with a £15,000 debt.
Although Tomlinson was not responsible for the deficit, Miss Deane said they shared the problem.
Tighe was handed 10-weeks’ jail and Tomlinson was given a nine-week sentence, both suspended fir 12 months.
The magistrate said: “There is no doubt this is your last chance to turn your life around and become good citizens.”