Stole mobile phone from friend’s home

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A young woman must pay compensation after stealing a mobile phone from a friend’s house and running up a bill for calls.

Shelley-Anne Dooney (24), of Cranmore Lane, Holbeach, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to theft of a Samsung mobile phone belonging to Lincolnshire Field Products.

At a resumed hearing on Thursday, Dooney was ordered to pay £127.44 compensation to the firm to cover the cost of the phone and the calls she made. Dooney must pay £75 costs.

Magistrates also made a community order with 12 months’ supervision.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the phone was used by one of the company’s drivers.

Dooney went to visit his daughter at home and it was later discovered the phone was missing.

Solicitor Carrie Simson, mitigating, said Dooney had personal problems at the time and was described in a probation service report as “emotionally vulnerable”.

Mrs Simson said Dooney described the theft as “a stupid mistake” but accepted responsibility for her actions.