Tracksuit ‘stolen for a friend’

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A WOMAN has been fined for stealing a tracksuit from a supermarket for a friend.

Emma Louise Foulds went into Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, in the early hours of the morning and picked up a tracksuit worth £28 from one of the clothing racks.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that store staff saw what the 25-year-old was doing and challenged her, at which point she apologised.

Prosecuting, Helen Kesterton said: “It was 4.10am when the defendant entered Asda and selected a tracksuit. She concealed the items and was observed by staff.

“She was challenged and she apologised for her actions and returned the property to them.

“In interview she said she’d been drinking the night before and her friend had asked her to go and get her a tracksuit. She said had she not been stopped she would have given the tracksuit to her friend.”

Foulds, of Millpool Close, on the Central Estate, in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft on January 14.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood, said: “Her friend asked her to go to Asda to buy a tracksuit. She agreed but when she got there realised she didn’t have the money to pay for it. So, rather than disappoint her friend she took the tracksuit.

“She handed it back, however, and was very apologetic. It was not pre-meditated.”

Chairman of the bench Barbara Sutherland fined her £65, ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.