Four shop thefts

A BRIDLINGTON woman who was caught shoplifting on four different occasions in the town has been given a conditional discharge by magistrates.

Frances Ann Grey, 44, appeared at Bridlington Magistrates Court on Wednesday last week and pleaded guilty to four charges of shop theft.

The charges related to incidents at Tesco, where Grey stole a packet of dog food worth 59p on November 11 last year, the theft of three brass curtain hooks and a 2ft curtain rail to the value of £5 from Yorkshire Trading Company on Prospect Street, and the theft of a six pack of Whiskers cat food, to the value of £3.50, from the Co-operative store on Wheatley Drive.

She also pleaded guilty to stealing various shop products worth £32.90, belonging to the Co-operative store on St John’s Street.

Mitigating, Mike Farr told the court that Grey was in financial difficulty which led to the thefts.

“She did live in Beeford with her husband, but he lost work and they moved to Bridlington. She has two sons, 22 and 24 I believe, who live with them. None of the family are currently in employment,” said Mr Farr.

“This is not stealing to fund a lavish lifestyle, it was desperation.” Mr Farr said that Grey suffered from epilepsy.

Presiding magistrate Mike Bowman gave Grey an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay compensation to Yorkshire Trading Company and the Wheatley Drive Co-operative, as the items stolen were not recovered.

“This has got be your last chance,” said Mr Bowman. “You have two sons there and they should be helping out, they are old enough to be looking after themselves.”