Desperate shoplifter claimed she was struggling due to drug addict partner

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A desperate shoplifter stole chocolate, sugar and lighters after claiming she had given her money to her drug addict partner.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, April 20, how Sharon Foster, 60, of Fairfield Road, Chesterfield, stole the items valued at £12 from Wilkinson’s in Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “A security guard saw Foster and describes seeing her filling bags with sweets and other items and she went upstairs before leaving.

“Chocolates, sugar and lighters were found in her bag after she was stopped.

“She admitted going to the store to steal items because she’s diabetic and had many troubles.”

Foster pleaded guilty to committing the theft after the incident on February 20.

Defence solicitor Julie Page said: “Foster is a diabetic and was not feeling well and did not have any money to buy items and she made a silly decision to steal the items.

“There is a pattern of that sort of behaviour developing and she was placed on a community order from November but reports show that her progress has been positive.”

Miss Page added that she was living with her partner at that time and he had a drug problem and was spending money on drugs and was putting pressure on Foster to ask for money which she gave him and it left her short of cash for food.

The court heard how her partner has recently been released from custody and he has offered reassurances that he has been given the opportunity to become drug-free.

The probation service also revealed to the court that Foster had taken items from the store at her partner’s request to sell them on and to fund her partner’s substance misuse.

Magistrates revoked a community order which had been given to Foster for a previous theft and imposed a new 12 month community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

She was also fined £80 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.