Scunthorpe woman stole from supermarkets to feed hungry son (16)
Pressure from her "hungry" teenage son led a woman to go on two thieving missions to supermarkets, a court heard.
Christine Mitchell, 38, of High Street, Scunthorpe, admitted stealing items valued at £349 from Morrisons on October 17 and stealing goods valued at £277 from Tesco on October 31.
Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire Magistrates' Court that on both occasions Mitchell tried to push a trolley loaded with items out of the Scunthorpe supermarkets but was stopped by security staff and detained.
Simon Davies, mitigating, said Mitchell claimed that her 16-year-old son had been at home and was saying that he was hungry. She did not have any food and had been turned down for a crisis loan by the benefit agencies so went out stealing, Mr Davies said.
She had previous convictions for theft and needed to be put "back on the straight and narrow", said Mr Davies.
Unemployed Mitchell was given a one-year supervision order, including 16 women's group sessions, and was ordered to pay a £60 victims' surcharge.
District judge Daniel Curtis told Mitchell that he understood how demanding teenagers could be when they wanted the latest gadgets but that did not justify her going out to steal large amounts of goods from supermarkets.