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

A woman who admitted stealing charity boxes in South Yorkshire has been spared jail.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 2:54 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 3:01 pm
The 28-year-old was given an 18-week suspended sentence

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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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.

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.