Shoplifter who stole steaks from Co-Op ‘wanted to be caught’

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A woman who stole food from two supermarkets told police she hoped to be caught.

Donna Stokes, 37, of Windermere Road, Hartlepool, was caught after staff in Sainsbury’s and the Co-op saw her acting suspiciously, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“Stokes was seen in Sainsbury’s to put three salads and some chocolate sundaes into her bag,” said Sarah Traynor, prosecuting.

“She left the store without making any attempt to pay. Two days later she was in the Co-op when she put two steaks into her handbag and again left the shop without making any attempt to pay.”

The court heard Stokes was identified on CCTV in both stores. She admitted theft on November 10 and 12. Stokes has 60 previous convictions.

John Relton, defending, said in mitigation: “Ms Stokes had a serious drug problem.

“She is annoyed with herself for getting involved in crime again, and as you have heard, almost wanted to be caught.”

Stokes was ordered to pay £329.76 in fines, costs, and compensation.