A WOMAN stole from a supermarket in desperation after her benefits were stopped, a court heard.
Julie Harrison said she didn’t have any cash for food, gas or electricity when she tried to take goods from Sainsbury’s.
She was caught red-handed when her foil-lined bag triggered alarms at the store on April 28.
Harrison, of Richmond Flats in Huddersfield town centre, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
She admitted theft of the memory cards worth £85 from the Market Street branch.
Alex Bosman, prosecuting, said that the 33-year-old entered the store with a La Senza carrier bag. The bag set off the alarms causing staff to investigate. She then walked around the store, placed the memory cards in her bag and left without paying.
Police were called and the goods were recovered.
Mr Bosman said: “She said that the items were easy to sell and she would have got half the face value for them.”
Magistrates were told that Harrison was subject to a community order for a previous shop theft.
Mike Sisson-Pell, defending, said that his client had previously been addicted to Class A drugs which she had replaced with alcohol abuse.
Mr Sisson-Pell said: “Because one of her doctor’s certificates was late her benefit was stopped.
“That meant she went for several days without money at all – she’d had no money for food, gas, electricity or anything else.
“That prompted her to go to Sainsbury’s. She knew she was wrong but she felt she was desperate.”
Magistrates fined Harrison £90 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.