Grantham court: Woman wrote letter of apology after stealing vodka

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A woman with Asperger’s stole a bottle of vodka because she did not want to be asked for her ID.

Elizabeth Miles, 32, of North Parade, Grantham, admitted stealing the vodka, valued at £6.49, from B&M Bargains on February 2.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told the court that Miles selected the vodka and paid for one item but not the vodka. She was identified on CCTV and later admitted the theft.

Defending, Rob Arthur said Miles suffered from Asperger’s and did not have any ID on her when she was in the store and did not want to get into a situation where she would be challenged because she looked a lot younger than her age.

Mr Arthur said Miles had gone back to B&M Bargains with the letter and the monetary value of the stolen item. He said that was why no compensation had been asked for by the prosecution.

Magistrates gave Miles a conditional discharge for six months and ordered her to pay £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.