A woman with 18 previous convictions – mostly for theft offences – has appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court once again charged with 2 counts of theft from a shop.
Emma James, 36, currently of Newport Road in Ventnor, was put before Magistrates on Tuesday accused of stealing £50.70 worth of shopping from Morrisons in Newport across 2 occasions.
Liz Miller, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court that on 24th April, James entered the Morrisons supermarket and picked up 3 candles and a blanket. She proceeded to the self-scan area where she scanned just 1 of the candles before walking out with all of the products.
Police caught up with Emma James and her boyfriend outside the store, where the products were recovered from inside a suitcase.
The second incident is said to have occurred on 27th April – just 3 days later. This time, James stole 3 gin fizzes and a chicken sandwich. She walked straight out of the shop without making any empty to pay. The items were not recovered.
Defending, James’ solicitor said that alcoholism, homelessness and drug use all played a part in her life and that she was vulnerable, especially after an unsuitable previous relationship.
After pleading guilty to theft from a shop, Emma James was given a 6-month community order by Magistrates with a requirement of 10 rehabilitation days. She was ordered to pay £45 costs with a £95 surcharge, as well as compensation to the value of £16.70