Brimington heroin addict raided three high street shops in one day

A Chesterfield heroin addict walked off with goods worth over £170 during a raid on three high street shops on the same day, a court heard.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:41 pm

Alexia Bailey stole baby clothes worth £66 from Marks & Spencer, perfume and boxer shorts valued at £76 from Next and toiletries worth £30 form B&M.

During the shoplifting spree on October 16 last year Bailey was caught on camera leaving Next after placing her hoard in a bag.

Police caught up with her outside the B&M store - recovering all of the stolen stock which was still in “saleable” condition.

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Robert Carr, prosecuting, said 27-year-old Bailey “expressed remorse” while being interviewed by police.

Bailey’s solicitor, Kate Hempstock, described how the defendant had become “quite poorly” due to her heroin use - even being admitted to hospital with sepsis.

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She said: “Miss Bailey was going through some difficult circumstances at the time - she lost her mum in February 2020. She went off the rails into self-destruct mode.

A Chesterfield heroin addict walked off with goods worth over £170 during a raid on three high street shops on the same day

“But in November she sorted herself out and is now on a methadone script and has a drug worker who she attends regular appointments with - this is not through probation but something she has sorted out herself.”

Bailey, of Wayside, Brimington, - whose previous conviction was in 2014 - admitted three counts of theft.

A magistrate, satisfied that she had given an early guilty plea and had engaged with a drug worker, gave Bailey a £120 fine, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £34.

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