Stole from town store to pay off drug debt

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A woman stole children’s clothing from a store in Spalding’s town centre to pay off a drug debt.

Lucy Smith (32), of Acacia Avenue, Spalding, was spotted walking into Peacocks by the manager at 5pm on February 22.

She put her four shopping bags on the floor near the children’s clothing section and placed items from the racks into those bags.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Smith passed the tills without attempting to pay and told police she had a drug debt.

Smith pleaded guilty to stealing clothes worth £38 and was sentenced a year-long community order with supervision by probation. She must pay a £60 victim surcharge, but town magistrates on Thursday made no order for costs because of her limited means.