A serial offender with a 13-year drug addiction has been given a community order after stealing nearly £200 worth of stock from stores in Solihull.
Keeley May, who already has a string of previous convictions for dishonesty, admitted to committing the thefts at HMV and Ponden Homes on September 7 while serving a community order.
Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday that the 31-year-old had to seek medical attention and missed her chance to sign on or pick up her prescription. She took the items to ensure she had some drugs over the weekend, magistrates were told.
Baldev Atwal, prosecuting, said it was an off-duty Solihull town centre host who caught her in the act.
“The defendant was seen leaving the HMV store [in Mell Square] without offering payment.
“She was detained and further items were recovered, including two speakers from HMV.
“She admitted taking the £91.96 worth of stock from HMV and £84.96 worth of yankee candles from Ponden Homes [Rosebys].”
In her defence, magistrates were told May, of Waldrons Moor, Kings Heath, is desperate to overcome her Class A drug addiction.
She was given an 18-month community order to run concurrently with the one she was handed six weeks ago.
She was told she must carry out a specified activity as part of the order and pay a £60 victim surcharge.