Woman who stole charity boxes from South Yorkshire shops and pubs is spared jail

The 28-year-old was given an 18-week suspended sentence
The 28-year-old was given an 18-week suspended sentence
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A woman who admitted stealing charity boxes in South Yorkshire has been spared jail.

Samantha Gerrard took a number of collection tins from from shops and pubs in Rotherham during February and March.

The 28-year-old, of Chadwick Drive, Maltby, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court yesterday where she admitted four counts of theft by finding.

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She was given four weeks custody for each theft, said police, and another two weeks for 'making off from a taxi'.

But her 18-week sentence was suspended for 12 months, meaning she will not be locked up unless she commits another offence during the next year.

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Magistrates also ordered her to pay £85 costs and placed her under curfew for 10 weeks, during which she is banned from leaving her home between 7pm and 7am.

Gerrard was also given a three-year criminal behaviour order stipulating that she must not be in possession of any aerosol in public, unless prescribed by a medic, and must not touch a charity collection box anywhere in South Yorkshire.