A 29-year-old woman appeared in custody and pleaded guilty to three shop thefts and one charge of failing to attend court.
Jodie Guy, of Barrowby Mews, pleaded guilty to stealing £103.05 worth of items from Grantham’s Co-op on October 18, as well as to shoplifting at the same store the following day, and to stealing £45 worth of batteries from B&M Bargains on November 18.
Guy also admitted that she failed to attend court on December 8, when a warrant was issued for arrest.
Prosecutor Tracey Ross said that both offences at the Co-op store were seen on CCTV, with Guy using a black handbag to take items including air fresheners and deodrants without payment.
In Guy’s defence, Chris Pye-Smith explained that she had informed the court that she was going to miss her previous scheduled hearing, because she was in hospital suffering from deep vein thrombosis and pneumonia.
However the magistrates at the time were not aware, and issued a warrant for her arrest which Guy only discovered when she attended the police station voluntarily and was told she would have to spend the night there.
This overnight stay in custody was taken into consideration, and Guy was just ordered to pay compensation for the stolen goods.