Carly Foster, of Holbeach, set for crown court sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to stealing wallet outside town supermarket
A Holbeach woman who admitted stealing a wallet outside a supermarket is already serving a two-year suspended prison sentence order, a court has been told.
Carly Foster (30), of Allison Avenue, pleaded guilty to stealing the wallet which contained cash, bank cards, a driving licence and photographs of the wallet owner's family.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said a 75-year-old man went to Holbeach's Tesco Superstore, in Boston Road South, and took £200 out of a cash machine outside the store.
But once the man went inside the store to do some shopping, Ms Stace told magistrates that he realised the wallet had been dropped, with the £200 inside of it.
"The man told staff and they advised him that a young woman had found the wallet and told them that she was going to hand it in," Ms Stace said.
"But she didn't do so."
Magistrates were told that the wallet contained photographs of its owner's late daughter which made them irreplaceable.
Ms Stace said: "Police later examined CCTV images from the store where Foster was seen to have picked up the wallet, making no attempt to hand it in.
"When interviewed by police, the defendant admitted that she had made no attempt to find the owner after she saw the cash in the wallet which she took back to her car before doing her shopping," Ms Stace said.
"Miss Foster admitted keeping the cash and throwing everything else away, including the photographs."
Michelle Elvin, mitigating, said Foster had voluntarily gone to the police station after officers left a message at her home.
"My client feels that she has let herself down as she had vowed to give herself a new start," Ms Elvin said.
Magistrates were then told that Foster was the subject of a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, imposed by a crown court in London in June 2018.
As a result, Foster's case was sent for sentence at Lincoln Crown Court on a date to be arranged.