A WOMAN stole cash from the purse of a pal while visiting her South Shields home.
Louise Pittendreigh took the money while her friend was in the kitchen then left the property soon after.
The 25-year-old admitted the charge of theft from a person at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
She also pleaded guilty to a theft from Farm Foods in Sunderland Road, South Shields, from Monday, January 6, of this year and attempted possession of a Class A drug from Tuesday, April 1.
Pittendreigh, of Belloc Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields, had previously admitted a charge of failing to appear at court in relation to the shop theft.
She was spotted on store CCTV taking £20.83 worth of food from Farm Foods and later arrested.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said Pittendreigh had attended the home of a friend in Mozart Street, South Shields, when she carried out the purse theft on March 21.
The prosecution said that £49 was taken from the purse, but Pittendreigh pleaded guilty on the basis she took £20.
Magistrates decided the difference in the amount claimed to have been taken would not have altered their sentencing decision.
Mr McGlone said: “The victim went into the kitchen and the defendant took money from the purse. She then said she was going out for a cigarette and left the premises.”
She was arrested in regards to the offence on April 1, and while in custody a tablet of Class A drug Subatex fell from her clothing.
Valerie Bell, defending, said: “She has pleaded guilty immediately to these offences.
“She is subject to two community orders and has been complying with them.”
Gerald Tierney, chairman of the magistrates, gave Pittendreigh a 12-month community order for the theft from a person and 100 hours of unpaid work.
She was given an additional 25 hours of unpaid work for the other offences and was also ordered to pay compensation of £20 to both Farm Foods and the woman she stole from.