Heroin addicts who went on a ‘planned’ sweets and meat shoplifting spree spanning a month have been jailed.
Samantha Mellors (24), Alan Stevenson (47), both of Bamford Drive, Mansfield, and Christopher Saint (30) of Kelstedge Drive, Mansfield all appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court in custody, and all admitted multiple charges of shop theft and attempted theft.
Representing the Crown Prosecution Service, Robert Carr said the spree began on 26th October when Stevenson and Saint entered the Co-op in Edwinstowe and were spotted on CCTV taking tins of sweets worth £54.
On 2nd November, all three defendants took tins of sweets, meat and other household items worth a total of about £60 from the Co-op in Clipstone.
Again, they were later spotted after staff watched a playback of the CCTV.
Stevenson and Mellor returned to the shop two days later and took off with £90 worth of meat.
All three were eventually caught during a further two attempts, first at the Widecombe Fair pub in Mansfield when they tried to take meat from the freezer, and another attempt to take meat from Co-op.
Defending, Amy Godson said Stevenson had his methadone prescription suspended and since then his heroin use had ‘spiralled out of control’.
She said that Mellor had suffered a series of family deaths in recent years, including both her parents.
David Hallmark, representing Saint, said his client had a long standing heroin addiction, using up to £20 a day.
Mellors and Stevenson both received a 16-week sentence, while Saint was remanded on bail to appear again on 12th December.