A WOMAN snatched a toilet seat and washing powder from a South Tyneside store, then told police ‘it’s only a theft’ after failing to make a clean escape.
Roberta Kennedy was spotted by staff taking the items, together valued at £34.98, from the B & M Bargains store in Jarrow’s Viking Centre and hiding them with a carrier bag.
She was stopped by a police community support officer as she left the shop after giving her uncle cash to pay for beer and dog food.
The 26-year-old, of Wilberforce Street, Jarrow, admitted a charge of shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Neil Fodor, prosecuting, said: “She was observed in the store on Thursday, April 16, picking up a toilet seat and washing powder.
“She is seen positioning them in her grasp, concealing them behind a carrier bag. She puts the bag and items down out of sight while a man, her uncle, is at the tills purchasing items.
“She then pays for his items and picks up the other items and leaves without paying for them.
“She is detained by the police and admits the offence, saying it was only a theft.
“In interview, she said she had been at the store with her uncle.
“She had been stopped by a PCSO.”
David Hatfield, defending, said: “She has entered an early guilty plea and should be given the appropriate credit for that.
“The property was recovered, and she offered to pay for the items, but the store decided to go another way.”
Kennedy was given a six-month conditional discharge.
She was also ordered to pay a court charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.