Shoplifter glad she was caught

A disabled Ilkeston woman who raided three shops was ‘glad’ she had been caught because she feared she would have carried on shoplifting, a court heard.

The woman and a 17-year-old girl, also from Ilkeston, were seen by a security guard as they hid bags in shrubbery at the High Street retail park in Heanor .

“The property was recovered and it included keys to a vehicle in the car park belonging to Sharon Comery,” Andrea Charity, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.

“Police searched it and found £243 worth of items stolen from Aldi, Peacocks and Poundstretcher,”

She added: “She said in interview she had got carried away after getting away with it at the first store.”

Comery, 52, of Critchley Street, admitted the July 12 thefts and was given a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months, with £85 costs.

“She was frank with police,” said Matt Evans, for Comery.

“She says she was stupid and, in hindsight, she is glad she was caught or she doesn’t know where it would all have ended,”

He told the court there had been long gaps in her offending with previous matters of dishonesty having been committed in 2009 and 2004.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was due to be sentenced for her part in the thefts in the youth court.

She is already subject to a referral order.