Serial offender chased by staff after stealing from Scunthorpe store
A SERIAL offender said she stole a pair of boots to make herself feel better, a court heard.
Tracey Stamp, 32, of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, admitted stealing boots, valued at £29.99, from Deichmann Shoes Ltd on February 12.
Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire Magistrates' Court that Stamp ran off after alarms sounded at the Scunthorpe shop but a member of staff chased her along Jubilee Way and confronted her.
She had been feeling down and thought the shoes might make her feel better, Ms Wilson told the court.
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Ian Haywood, mitigating, said Stamp had not committed any offences for about 10 months and the theft was "absolutely ludicrous" because she was so well known in the area. She was now back on methadone, he said.
District judge Daniel Curtis told the court that Stamp had been regularly "in and out of prison" a few years ago but, with her record, she now seemed to be taking a "remarkable step in the right direction".
Sentence was deferred until July 17 so Stamp can prove she can stay out of trouble.