Woman admits stealing from two town centre stores

AN EAST Dean woman who stole a CD and cosmetics from Arndale Centre stores has appeared in court.

Esther Turner, of Gore Farm Close, pleaded guilty to the two shoplifting offences, committed on May 15, when she appeared before the town’s magistrates on Wednesday (June 8). The 55-year-old also admitted she was in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge which was imposed on November 10 for another shoplifting offence.

The court heard Turner had been spotted in Eastbourne’s HMV store removing a tag. She was stopped outside the store and a Ministry of Sound CD, worth £10, was found on her. Police were called to arrest Turner and when they arrived they found cosmetics and some food to the value of £195 which had been stolen from Boots earlier the same day.

Maggie Biglou, defending, told magistrates Turner had a ‘minimal record’ and explained the offences were ‘unsophisticated’.

Miss Biglou said, “There is no real reason behind these offences. She doesn’t have a drug problem or an alcohol problem.

“She can’t put her finger on why she did it. She is very upset about what happened. She is remorseful and I think she has learnt her lesson.”

Magistrates imposed a £165 fine and ordered the defendant to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.