Shoplifter gets suspended sentence

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A woman with a history of drug use has received a suspended prison sentence after admitting to stealing £400 of perfumes from a Mildenhall pharmacy.

On Friday, Lesla Small, prosecuting, told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court that it was around noon on May 2 when Kelly Louise Gardner had entered Lloyds Pharmacy in Market Place, Mildenhall.

A man she was with unlocked a secure cabinet and Gardner took about £400 worth of perfumes from inside, said Miss Small.

A shop assistant alerted the store manager to the theft and, after reviewing CCTV footage, the police were informed.

“The goods were not recovered and there seemed to be an element of pre-planning because the male was able to unlock that cabinet,” Miss Small told magistrates.

In mitigation, Helen Korfante said Gardner was a ‘regular offender for shoplifting’.

She said she was a drug user, mainly of heroin, but was taking a prescription which ‘contains her high heroin desire’.

“She is also getting bereavement counselling, because it is linked to why she wants to take drugs,” added Miss Korfante.

On Friday, Gardner, 34, of Bell Street, Bilston, in the West Midlands, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop.

She received a four week prison sentence, suspended for six months, with supervision.

She was also ordered to pay £400 in compensation.