Shoplifter stole from Chesterfield’s B&M to pay for rent

B&M Bargains, at Ravenside Retail Park, Chesterfield.
B&M Bargains, at Ravenside Retail Park, Chesterfield.

A shoplifter claims she stole goods from Chesterfield’s B&M store to sell so she could deal with rent arrears and loans.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, December 1, how Sheryl Brown, 47, of Newland Dale, Chesterfield, was seen leaving the store with full bags.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said Brown and a male - described as known shoplifters - were spotted with full bags and Brown had left without paying. Staff followed her, according to Mrs Allsop, until Brown and the man emerged from behind a skip.

Brown pleaded guilty to the theft after the incident on September 30. Probation officer Katie Shannon said Brown intended to sell the goods to meet rent arrears and loans. Magistrates sentenced Brown to a six-month community order with supervision and ordered her to pay a £35 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, £40 costs and £20 compensation.