Depressed Chesterfield woman shoplifted for “a buzz”, court hears

A Chesterfield woman who raided shops for a “buzz” - using the thefts to lift her mood - was caught stealing razor blades and Lego from Tesco.

Monday, 18th October 2021, 3:39 pm

Karen Peters, 49, was detained by store staff after trying to make off with £72 of items from Clay Cross’s Tesco Extra.

Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard after police arrived at the store wire cutters and a pair of pliers were also found in her bag.

Prosecutor Daniel Wilshaw said store staff believed Peters had detagged some of the items with the tools.

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Peters’ solicitor Julie Page said: “There is an element of it being a bit of a buzz when she’s committing offences.

“She is trying to deal with that compulsion.”

Peters, of Bower Farm Road, Old Whittington, admitted theft from a shop and going equipped for theft.

She was handed a 12-month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity days, fined £200, made to pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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