Thief with taste for Tunisia warned she faces jail if she is caught shoplifting again

The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

A 46-year-old woman stole from shops despite being able to go on a holiday in Tunisia.

Hartlepool woman Tracey Middleton met an old friend and the pair decided to steal shoes from Marks and Spencer in Middlesbrough, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor Paul Downey said Middleton had a small quantity of amphetamine in her waistband when she was arrested.

Middleton, of Penrith Street, Hartlepool, admitted theft and possession of a class B drug, both on May 16.

The court’s liaison probation officer said Middleton had been drinking with a friend in Middlesbrough before the offences.

Middleton got a community order for 12 months, 15 rehabilitation activity days, and ordered her to pay £85 costs.

The judge told Middleton: “That’s three times this year you’ve been stealing property belonging to other people, despite being able to go on holiday to Tunisia.

“If you appear for shop theft again this year, my view is you should go to prison.”