Birkby woman in court after swapping a can of beer for stolen DVDs

A WOMAN swapped a can of beer for stolen DVDs, a court heard.

A WOMAN swapped a can of beer for stolen DVDs, a court heard.

Maria McCluskey, of Clough Road, Birkby, was stopped by police after stealing food from a budget shop.

But when she was searched officers discovered the DVD films which had earlier been taken from a store.

McCluskey admitted to handling stolen goods, but claimed a friend had given her them in exchange for the alcohol.

The 41-year-old also pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft when she appeared before Kirklees magistrates.

She was witnessed stealing £6 worth of goods from Poundland on January 21.

Mark Steeples, prosecuting, said McCluskey was seen selecting food items from the display.

She then hid them inside her handbag before leaving the Victoria Lane store.

McCluskey was stopped outside by a security officer who had seen the theft on the shop’s CCTV.

Police were called and while they were searching her bag they found three DVDs, including horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They were brand new and in cellophane wrappers.”

Further investigations revealed the DVDs had been stolen from the That’s Entertainment shop in New Street earlier that day.

Mr Steeples said: “When asked about the DVDs the defendant said that she’d bought them off somebody.

“She said she purchased them by way of a can of beer and later intended to watch them.”

Magistrates were told McCluskey had a lengthy record of convictions.

She was still subject to a conditional discharge for theft at the time of the offences, the bench heard.

McCluskey tested for opiates at the police station following her arrest.

Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, said she had battled a Class A drug addiction. He added that his client was now drinking and topping this up with drugs.

Mr Slawinski said that McCluskey stole the food, which included sweets and soup, because she was suffering from “fuel poverty”.

He said that she had been struggling to feed her meter and so had found herself without money to buy food.

Magistrates ordered a full pre-sentence report and adjourned McCluskey’s case until February 13.

She was ordered to comply with the Drugs Intervention Programme as part of her bail conditions.

 

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