POLICE found piles of stolen clothes when they raided the home of a 58-year-old woman.
Wendy Stone had clothes from Next and BHS worth £400 at her home in Kensington Road, Gosport.
Police searched the house after a tip-off.
Unemployed Stone refused to answer any police questions but she pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods when she appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Barry McElduff, defending, said Stone had got involved with crime after the break-up of her marriage.
‘She accepts receiving bags of clothes,’ he said.
‘The deal she was getting was too good to be true and she accepts that she closed her eyes to the truth.’
Sentencing her Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton said: ‘You are over 50 years of age, you have never been in trouble and you are involved in this.
‘We will never know perhaps exactly what happened with these clothes but the fact is you have now lost your good character.
‘You are now a criminal after all these years of keeping out of trouble. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.’
Stone was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Judge Hooton warned her: ‘If you get involved in something like this again, if you are caught shoplifting or helping somebody shoplift then you are going to go to prison.’