Woman counts cost of sweet theft

A WOMAN stole a can of coke and sweets to the value of £2.45 from a Bridlington shop.

Rachel Dawn Corbett, 29, now of Queensgate, Bridlington, took the items from the McColls store on Lansdowne Road at around 2pm on May 31.

Prosecuting, Jayne Wilson said: “The man behind the till noticed the defendant come in and walk around the store, putting items in her hooded top.”

Corbett appeared before the court for a similar offence in May.

Mitigating, Ed Cunnah told the court that Corbett had been given valium tablets by her then boyfriend, and did not realise she had stolen the items.

“Miss Corbett has been having a lot of problems with money, her ex-boyfriend is now in prison so she is living with a friend and has no money at all.

“She appeared regularly in court at one time, but has not appeared for a while until recently, when she has got into trouble stealing food because of her lack of money.

“If it had not been for the valium her boyfriend had given her, she probably wouldn’t have committed the offence.”

Presiding magistrate Graham McDonald fined Corbett £50, and ordered her to pay court costs of £40 and a victim surcharge of £15 - as well as compensation of £2.45 for the items she had stolen.

Magistrates did not punish Corbett for breaching a 12 month conditional discharge imposed for another offence in May.