Court warning for face paint shoplifter

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A SHOP-LIFTER who admitted stealing face paints so she could perform street art has been given a warning to stay out of trouble.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Romanian-speaking Odesa Mihai, 38, stole the face paint from The Party Shop in Chesterfield.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Three people entered the store in January including this defendant and two males. The defendant approached the face paints at the counter and was seen putting face paints into her pocket and attempted to pay for other items and she left and police were informed. She was seen back in the same store again in March and approached the face paints and was told to get out. Police were informed and she was detained in the town centre.”

Mihai told police she needed the face paint so she could perform as a statue. Ms Mahon said the lady at the store said it is difficult to cope with thieves causing a nuisance.

Mihai, of Birkin Avenue, Nottingham, already has a caution for theft, and pleaded guilty to committing the theft in Chesterfield in January. She told the court she had not had enough money to buy the face paints and that she has only been in the country for about three months and a friend has been helping her and her son.

Magistrates sentenced Mihai to a 12 month conditional discharge and warned she will be punished for the theft if she commits another crime in the next year. She was ordered to pay £10.98 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.