Woman stole to pay bedsit deposit

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A woman resorted to stealing so she could sell goods to raise enough money for a deposit for a bedsit.

Jenny Coombes (26), of Pennygate, Spalding, pleaded guilty to stealing bottles of aftershave worth £46.84 from town store B&M Bargains when she appeared in court on Thursday.

She also admitted the offence put her in breach of conditional discharges imposed for previous thefts.

Spalding magistrates sentenced her to a year-long community order for the theft and the breaches.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Coombes had historically struggled with a drug problem, but had made significant progress with that over the last 12 months.

Miss Stevens said: “She is terrified about the possibility of getting an order that means she might have to come into contact with other drug users.”

Coombes resorted to stealing because she had to raise the money for a deposit on a bedsit.

Miss Stevens said she perhaps needed help with her thinking skills and her ability to deal with crises in her life.