TWO broke housemates stole £5,000 worth of perfume from a shop after fearing they would lost their home.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Hannah Marshall would sell high-value perfumes to Reece Bibbins for the price of a snack at the Superdrug in Waterlooville where she was working as a team leader.
Prosecutor Dan Sawyer told the court Marshall would also simply take the items from the stock room and load them into a waiting car at the shop.
He showed Recorder Rufus Taylor a photo of the items recovered from their home in Pitcroft Road, North End, pictured above right, after the thefts between June 1 and July 31, 2014.
Mr Sawyer said: ‘It’s apparent they were having some financial difficulty as a result of Mr Bibbins losing his job.
‘On some occasions Marshall would simply take items from the shelf and tuck them away in her bag. On another time she would take them from the stock cupboard.’
He added she was seen loading boxes into a car with Bibbins.
Mr Taylor said: ‘In interview she said those boxes were empty.
‘Mr Bibbins does not accept any responsibility for that.’
Bibbins once went into the shop late and bought £450 worth of aftershave – enough to fill two carrier bags – with Marshall serving him at the counter and charging him just a few pence.
The court heard Marshall claimed the value of stolen items – including shampoos, perfumes, and toothbrushes – was £1,500 and Bibbins put his thefts at £450.
Superdrug estimated the value at £5,000, the court heard.
Marshall admitted theft and was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 150 hours’ unpaid work. She must pay £750 compensation, £250 costs and a £100 surcharge.
Bibbins admitted theft, handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis and was sentenced to a six-month community order with a curfew and supervision. He must pay £450 compensation, £400 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Mr Taylor said: ‘This will be a significant millstone around your neck for some time.’