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Debenhams store in York was ‘easy target’ for perfume thief Amy Clarke
A WOMAN who stole perfume from Debenhams has been banned from the company’s Davygate store after she repeatedly targeted it for her shoplifting expeditions.
Amy Rebecca Clarke’s solicitor, Craig Robertson, claimed she had chosen the store because the “word on the street” was that its perfume shelves were easy to steal from.
Sam Law, prosecuting, told York magistrates that despite being arrested at the store and on a community sentence for targeting the chain’s Harrogate store, Clarke continued to go into the department store and raid its fragances while on bail.
Clarke, 27, currently living at the Arc Light Centre, Union Terrace, pleaded guilty to five charges of theft. She was given a community order including 12 months’ supervision, a nine-month drug rehabilitation order and a 12-month ban from the store.
She was also ordered to pay a £360 statutory surcharge but magistrates decided not to make her pay compensation for the nearly £500 of perfume and fragrances she stole or the prosecution costs because of the amount of money she already owed the court for previous offences. She has a long criminal record.
The court heard that:
• On May 29, Clark raided the store twice, was identified on CCTV and later arrested before being released on bail
• On July 13, she was caught at the store stealing more fragrance
• On August 13, York magistrates gave her a community order for three offences of stealing perfumes from Debenham’s Harrogate store, plus two other shoplifting offences and going equipped for theft
• On August 23, she stole from the York store and was arrested the next day after being identified from CCTV
• On August 26, she got away with more perfume from the York store
• On August 27, she was arrested outside the York store.
Mr Robertson said of Debenham’s: “They seem to have their perfume right at the front of the store.
“If you are a shoplifter, it makes it very tempting and very easy. It is simply an easy shop to steal from and that seems to be the word on the street.”
He said Clarke had psychiatric problems and had been suicidal recently.
“She also had a drug debt she needed to pay off. She was now stable on a methadone prescription and was receiving other medication.