Grantham court: Serial thief took £623 of items

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A woman has admitted multiple thefts of candles and perfume, some committed on the same day, and told police that it was to pay off a drug debt.

Emma Parker, 32, of Belvoir Gardens, Great Gonerby, pleaded guilty to five charges of stealing differing amounts of Yankee candles and perfume from Grantham’s Asda. Her five thefts from the store, two on July 24, two more on July 25, and another on July 27, were of these goods valued at a total of £623.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka said that in all incidents Parker had been identified by CCTV, and another man had also been involved with two thefts.

During interview she told police she had been offered £50 for the items, and was taking them to pay off a drug debt. She had placed the items in bags, including one which was foil lined.

Defending Parker, Rob Arthur said that she had not committed any offences for a long time, but had recently fallen back into drug use.

This spate of shoplifting began only four days after Parker had received a 12-month supervision order with a drug rehabilitation requirement for another theft matter. Mr Arthur told magistrates that his client did want to comply with her order and had informed him that last week she provided a negative drugs test result.

Parker’s sentencing was adjourned until September 17 so a report by the probation service can be compiled. She remains on conditional bail not to enter Asda in Grantham.