Stolen dvds sold to buy fuel
DVDS to the value of £40 were stolen from a shop and sold in order to buy fuel for a car.
Rachelle Marie Leslie, 26, of Langtoft, Driffield, pleaded guilty to theft of DVDs belonging to W.Boyes and Co. on Wednesday 12 September.
Prosecution solicitor, Heather Levett, said: “The lady is seen putting items into her bag. She was detained by PCSOs on Bridge Street.”
She said Leslie had a large bag in which PCSOs found three DVD boxes missing CDs, which had been sold to the technology and entertainment exchange shop, CeX, in order to afford fuel.
In mitigation Vicky Lancaster said: “She lives with her partner and he hasn’t got a job, he has been assisted by a programme to try and get him back to work.
“She has two children, a step daughter and a son, he has had health problems with his diaphragm.
“They were entitled to child benefits but for some reason, due probably to no bank account being available they hadn’t been receiving benefits and only existing on job seekers allowance, which seems to be the cause.
“She came to Bridlington to sort out the tax credits issue and realised they didn’t have enough petrol, so she decided to steal to get money for petrol.
“She has sourced some support from Sure Start. She has been helped to get herself together.
“She is very very anxious about having to pay a fee because they do not have any money.”
On Wednesday 26 September presiding magistrate, David Sutton, said: “We have listened to what your solicitor has said on your behalf and we will deal with this today by way of a conditional discharge.
“All I will say is if you come before court for a theft again you could be looking at something more like a community order.”
He ordered her to pay £85 court costs and £40 compensation to Boyes.
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