That’s me! – shoplifter handed herself in after seeing her photo in the Gazette

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A SHOPLIFTER handed herself in after seeing her picture in a police appeal in the Gazette over the theft of nappies and shampoo from a South Tyneside store.

Clair Goggins stole £43 worth of goods from Boots in Jarrow, but she was caught on camera after staff at the pharmacy chain’s Viking Precinct store looked back through security camera footage.

A CCTV still of her was circulated to police and it was then used as part of a Gazette appeal to identify people wanted for questioning by officers in connection with various shoplifting offences.

After the 28-year-old mum recognised herself in the paper, she contacted police and admitted carrying out the raid.

She had been in the store with a female friend, whose image was also circulated by police, but she faced no charges after Goggins owned up to the theft and told officers that her pal had played no part in it.

Goggins, of Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, was given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday,

She was also ordered to pay £43 compensation to Boots, as well £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “A staff member was at work at Boots at 5pm on Monday, July 21. She saw the defendant taking items from the rear of the display.

“She thought this was suspicious and went to view CCTV.

“She saw the defendant select shampoo and a packet of nappies and leave without paying for the items.

“The CCTV images were circulated to the Gazette. Both females then came forward and contacted police.

“Goggins admitted that she stole the shampo and nappies as she didn’t have the funds to pay for them.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “She is a single mother of two children, aged five and two, and receives income support.

“CCTV images were circulated to the Gazette. She recognised herself, and she contacted police.

“The police spoke to her at her home, and she admitted the theft.

“I would invite you to give her full credit for her guilty plea and her co-operation with the police.

“This is her first time before the court. She wants to put this behind her.”

Lorraine Montgomery, chairman of the magistrates, said: “Looking at this offence, there is an element of sophistication as you have taken items from the back of the display, so it wouldn’t be noticed they were missing from the front.

“But you surrendered yourself to police when you saw your picture.”

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