Theft glad she was caught

A disabled woman who raided three Heanor stores was “glad” she got caught in case she carried on shoplifting, a court heard.

The woman and a 17-year-old girl were spotted as they hid bags in shrubbery at the High Street retail park .

“The property was recovered – it included keys to a vehicle in the car park belonging to Sharon Comery.

“Police searched it and found £243 worth of items stolen from Aldi, Peacocks and Poundstretcher,” Andrea Charity, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.

Comery, 52, of Critchley Street, Ilkeston, admitted the July 12 thefts and was given a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months, with £85 costs.

“She was frank with police. She says she was stupid and, in hindsight, she is glad she was caught or she doesn’t know where it would all have ended,” said Matt Evans, for Comery.

He told the court there had been long gaps in her offending with her previous matters of dishonesty being committed in 2009 and 2004.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, was due to be sentenced for her part in the thefts in the youth court. She is already subject to a referral order.