BOLSOVER: Desperate shoplifter stole to pay off debts

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A SHOPLIFTER who stole pregnancy testing kits and razor blades to sell on to pay off her debts has been given a conditional discharge.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, July 15, how Sarah Sherman, 29, of Charlesworth Street, Bolsover, stole goods on two subsequent days from the same Co-op store.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “She used the same method by using larger items - a kitchen roll on one day and a pizza on the other - to conceal the other goods valued at £140 which she placed in her handbag.

“She was arrested and to her credit she made a full admission because she was heavily in debt and had stolen to sell on the goods to lower her debt and she said she felt ashamed.”

Defence solicitor Robert Sowter said Sherman left home at 13 years-old and has been fending for herself since then and she had been struggling with doorstep lenders.

Sherman pleaded guilty to the two offences of theft which were committed on May 20 and May 21 and also admitted having an outstanding fine for not having a TV licence.

Magistrates sentenced Sherman to a 12 month conditional discharge and warned her that if she re-offends in the next year she will be sentenced for any new offence as well as these two thefts.

Sherman was also ordered to pay £140 compensation to the Co-op, a £15 victim surcharge, and for failing to pay an outstanding TV licence fine she must pay a £55 fine, a £15 victim surcharge and £60 costs.