Serial thief is spared jail after trying to free herself from drugs

A serial thief has been spared jail after a court heard how she is making progress to free herself from a drug habit.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 10:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 2:40 pm
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 24, how Stacey Barnes, 25, of Fairfield Road, Buxton, struck at the Marks and Spencer and the Co-op Late Shop, at Buxton, and at stores in Skegness including Wilkinson’s, Home Bargains, Asda, Drapers, Lidl and Heron Foods.

Prosecuting solicitor Ruth Snodin said: “She had gone into the M&S store and was seen by an employee stealing meat. She was approached by the staff member and she had taken two packs of Aberdeen steak valued at £30 and she said she was sorry.”

Ms Snodin added that Barnes also stole detergent and other items during three raids at the Co-op.

Barnes pleaded guilty to the attempted theft from M&S, at Spring Gardens, and the three thefts from the Co-op, at Spring Gardens, from October and November.

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All these offences were caught on CCTV, according to Ms Snodin.

The court also heard how Barnes committed the offences while she is still serving a community order for seven thefts at various stores in Skegness.

Defence solicitor Hayley Thomas said: “On each occasion she went into the store to feed a drug habit. She’s 25-years-old and has been estranged from her family for five years and she’s had a chaotic lifestyle.

“She acknowledges she has a significant problem with drugs and she has been in a cycle of re-offending and something needs to happen to address the re-offending.”

Ms Thomas added that Barnes has been making progress with the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement of her community order and she is getting help from a drug support worker.

Magistrates revoked Barnes’ current community order and imposed a new 12 month community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 15 days and a new Drug Rehabilitation Requirement for six months with a four week curfew.

She was also ordered to pay £108.82 compensation to the Co-op, £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.