Mum stole from shop because it ‘owed her one’

Samantha Fields
Samantha Fields

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AN ANGRY mum who thought a shop ‘owed her one’ after finding a tube in some baby food later tried to trick the store out of money.

Samantha Fields complained to Boots after her seven-month-old son Oliver had to be taken to hospital when he choked on the plastic tube.

As reported in The News at the time, the Commercial Road store offered her £75 in vouchers and a trip to the theatre to see Fireman Sam as an apology. But the 25-year-old was not satisfied.

Boots said an investigation had shown it was an isolated incident but she wanted the company to recall the own-brand food.

Feeling aggrieved, the mum-of-two took matters in to her own hands.

Unemployed Fields, of Lynn Road, Buckland, went to the shop, picked up an item that cost £27 and swapped the price tag for a cheaper one, so that she could get it for £10 and do the store out of £17.

She paid and was about to leave when she was stopped by security staff who had been watching her, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor Graham Heath said: ‘The transaction went through. The security staff then challenged her.

‘She admitted it and the goods were recovered.’

Fields pleaded guilty to fraud when she appeared at court.

Defending herself she told the magistrates she did it because she wanted to get back at Boots for ignoring her complaint.

‘I just felt they owed me,’ she said.

‘I know it was the wrong way to go about it.

‘I shouldn’t have done it.’

The magistrates’ court heard she had previous convictions for theft, prior to her arrest in March.

The bench handed her a six-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £85 in costs.