WOMEN CAUGHT STEALING PERFUME AND JEWELLERY

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TWO women entered Aberystwyth’s Boots store and walked out with a range of perfume testers and jewellery, magistrates have heard.

The Cambrian News reported “Lorraine Bunn, of Ty Nesaf, 14 Queens Road, Aberystwyth, and Claire Elizabeth Thomas, of 12A Foel Goch in Bow Street, were caught on CCTV taking several items from the store on 23 May 2017.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said the two women, who pleaded guilty to theft, had gone into the store at around 1.15pm and picked up several perfume testers, as well as jewellery.

CCTV showed Bunn, 31, and Thomas, 29, had walked out of the shop without attempting to pay for the jewellery and after taking tester bottles of different perfumes.

They were identified by a police officer and found in Aberystwyth.

During a search at the police station, perfume bottles and jewellery were found.

Thomas said that she had stolen one of the perfume tester bottles, with Bunn taking a range of items and putting them in her bag.

Bunn made no comment in a police interview.

Ms Tench said that, while items were recovered, Boots had asked for compensation of £308.

Alan Lewis, defending both Bunn and Thomas, said both women had stayed out of trouble since the incident around 10 months ago.

He said that while Bunn had a string of previous convictions she had not been in trouble since this incident and said she had made “dramatic improvement” in her life and is getting help for issues with drugs and alcohol.

Mr Lewis said Thomas had been out of trouble since 2016 and had stopped taking drugs and cut down on her drinking, which had helped her stay out of trouble.

But he said both women admitted that they were equally responsible for the theft.

However, Mr Lewis questioned the compensation claim and said that the perfume testers would not have been sold and had no stock value according to the store’s manager.

He insisted that the compensation figure claimed for “doesn’t equate to what was stolen”.

Thomas was fined £50, will pay compensation of £50 and costs totalling £115, while Bunn was also ordered to pay a fine of £50, compensation of £50 and costs of £115. She will also pay an additional fine of £50 for breach of a conditional discharge” here.

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