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Viki Page twice stole from charity shops
7:37am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A DRUG addict “abused the goodwill of the general public” when she twice raided charity shops in the city centre, York magistrates said.
Staff at the British Heart Foundation’s Bridge Street shop challenged Viki Page, 31, on July 24, when they spotted her stealing from their display.
She dropped one bag of stolen items, but got away with another worth £14.96. Three days later, staff at Mind’s shop in Goodramgate spotted her stealing goods worth £61.50 from their display and alerted police, who were waiting for Page as she left the store.
She then twice skipped bail and failed to attend York Magistrates’ Court to be dealt with for her crimes.
Magistrate Richard Goodacre, said: “These two shop thefts are particularly mean. The shops rely heavily on the goodwill of the general public and you have abused not only the shops, but also the goodwill of the general public.”
Page, who is unemployed, of Oldman Court, Foxwood, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and two of skipping bail, and was given a community order with 18 months’ supervision, a 12-month drug rehabilitation order and a four-month nightly curfew for 12 hours. She was also ordered to pay £14.96 compensation to the British Heart Foundation and a £60 statutory surcharge.
She was on a community order and in breach of a conditional discharge when she committed the shop thefts.
The sentencing magistrates said comments made by their colleagues who ordered a pre-sentence report before sentencing meant they felt their hands were to some extent tied and they would have preferred to give a different sentence. The court heard the previous magistrates had suggested a community order.
Page’s solicitor, Neal Kutte, said she had issues with drugs and her lifestyle. He gave no further mitigation.