Mum-to-be’s £300 shoplifting spree

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A PREGNANT woman went on a shoplifting spree stealing almost £300 of clothes from two shops.

Hartlepool woman Kelly Evans travelled to Darlington and was seen looking around the clothing section of Marks and Spencer hiding goods in a blue drawstring bag.

The 34-year-old then made her way next door into BHS where she helped herself to a number of jumpers.

But the thief was nabbed by a security guard, who had been watching her and followed her out of the store.

Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “She entered Marks and Spencer with a blue drawstring bag and it appeared to have items placed in it.

“She then left the store and went into BHS and after being watched by security was followed out of the store.”

She added: “She was stopped and was found to be in possession of children’s clothing from Marks and Spencer and some jumpers from BHS.”

Evans, who gave her address in court as care of Taybrooke Avenue, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft of £150 of clothes from BHS on October 22, and asked justices to take into consideration the theft of £149 of goods from Marks and Spencers on the same date.

Mitigating, John Relton, said his client was pregnant, had been caring for a family member, but then returned to drugs.

He said: “She’s not a bad girl, she comes from a good family, but they’ve helped her as much as they can and she’s now fending for herself in what is a sad situation.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Anthony Raine said: “There’s an awful lot of people trying to help you Kelly, but are you trying to help yourself?

“Take this as an opportunity to turn things around.”

He sentenced her to a six-month conditional discharge.