Grantham court: Drug user breaches bail and steals again from Boots

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A drug user who stole £1,800 worth of cosmetics and toiletries from Boots in Grantham appeared in court on Monday charged with a similar offence committed in Sleaford.

Sonia Karen Meeson, 42, of High Street, Willenhall, was on bail on condition she did not enter any Boots store, but on Sunday (January 19) she stole cosmetics valued at £914.94 from the Sleaford outlet, breaching her bail.

On Monday, Meeson changed her original plea to plead guilty to stealing the items from Boots in Grantham on July 11 and going equipped. She also pleaded guilty to the theft from Boots in Sleaford and breaching her bail conditions.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that Meeson was seen on CCTV in Boots in Southgate, Sleaford, with a male. She was seen putting items into a large Argos bag and leaving the store. She was stopped outside by security and the items were recovered. The bag she was carrying had a silver lining which prevented the alarms from sounding.

Mr Clare said Meeson was on bail for a similar offence committed in Boots in Grantham when she stole £1,800 worth of items from the store. She was stopped in a vehicle 10 miles from the store and was found with a lined bag containing the stolen items.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said Meeson had had drug problems for 10 years. She had not had any drug-related convictions until 2005 when she was convicted for possessing heroin.

Mr Pye-Smith said his client had recently relapsed into drug use and was on a methodone prescription which was the reason behind her latest offence. In June her sister passed away and she went back to taking drugs which accounted for the theft committed in Grantham.

Mr Pye-Smith said he hoped a suspended sentence would be sufficient to deal with Meeson together with a drug rehabilitation requirement which she would accept. he asked the magistrates to give his client credit for her guilty plea and said she accepted she breached her bail but she had thought it only covered the Boots store in Grantham and not all Boots stores. She had done well in complying with previous rehabilitation orders.

Magistrates ordered a full pre-sentence report and granted Meeson bail on condition she did not enter any retail premises except a named pharmacy in Willenhall. The case was adjourned until February 12.