Teenager fined for spree of shoplifting

A man spotted on CCTV at robbery at Co-op in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw on Saturday, July 22. Picture: Hampshire police

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A WOMAN who went on a shoplifting session because she was short of money and wanted some new clothes has been fined.

Shannon Dodds stole from four shops in one afternoon.

The 18-year-old was caught after taking a drink and a diary, worth £2, from Poundland in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

When security staff checked the teenager’s bag they found £90 worth of clothing from nearby Primark, £28 worth of goods from Sports Direct and a pair of tweezers from Claire’s Accessories, all of which was stolen.

She was arrested and admitted what she had done.

Dodds, of Green Crescent, Gosport, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft when she appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Rhys Evans, defending, said: ‘She found herself short of money so decided that she would steal herself some clothes.

‘She got away with it at the first shop and, by her own admission, got carried away.’

The magistrates fined her £120 with £50 in costs.