A WOMAN stole hundreds of pounds worth of clothes from a store after she was taken advantage of by her former neighbours, a court heard.
Jane Denton, 45, appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
She admitted swiping more than £600 worth of clothes from Marks & Spencer at New Street, Huddersfield.
Yesterday Denton – who was living in Huddersfield at the time and has now moved to Manchester Road in Northwich – claimed two women made her carry out the theft before running away when she was caught by staff.
Denton appeared before the Huddersfield court in custody after failing to attend her original court hearing in May.
Bill Astin, prosecuting, said the theft happened on April 28.
Denton was seen entering the store with two other women as she carried a large bag.
The other women then put clothing into the bag and when it was full Denton left the store.
She was stopped outside by security staff who recovered the items.
However the other two women had vanished by that point, magistrates were told.
In interview, Denton refused to reveal their identities.
Magistrates were told she had previous convictions dating back to 1986 for theft and criminal damage.
Mohammed Arif, mitigating, said Denton had lived in the Huddersfield area but moved to be with her grandfather when he became seriously ill.
Mr Arif described her as suffering from mental health issues and said that her neighbours took advantage of her.
Mr Arif said: “They have gone to the Marks & Spencer store, they have provided the bag and selected the items.
“They have placed them in the bag and Miss Denton was to be used as a pawn to try and take the items out of the store.”
Mr Arif said the women had threatened Denton not to tell police about them.
Magistrates gave Denton a conditional discharge for 12 months. They also ordered her to pay £85 court costs.