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Polish shoplifters shown leniency by Solihull magistrates

A POLISH couple had a close shave after they found themselves in court for stealing hundreds of pounds worth of razors and electric toothbrushes from Boots in Solihull.

A POLISH couple had a close shave after they found themselves in court for stealing hundreds of pounds worth of razors and electric toothbrushes from Boots in Solihull.

Krzysztof Hogiel and Monika Orzeszyna, who came to England in April to find work, pleaded guilty at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday to stealing electrical items from the Mell Square store.

Orzeszyna, 28 and Hogiel, 32, admitted thefts worth £779. Hogiel also pleaded guilty to taking further electrical items worth £1,353 from the same store on May 4.

The couple, of Kirkdale Avenue, Coventry, had intended to sell the haul at a market in Coventry.

Katie Simpson, prosecuting, said: "One unknown male and the two defendants were seen in the electrical section of Boots on May 4. No one pays for anything. The first male leaves after the two defendants. Evidence is provided via CCTV, which shows Hogiel taking items from the shelves and concealing them.

"On June 2, the defendants enter the store with another man, who remains unidentified. The defendants are clearly seen selecting many electrical items, including razors and toothbrushes and loading them into a shoulder bag that the lady is carrying with her."

Amanda Naughton, defending, told magistrates the pair had been struggling to find employment in this country and needed money to support their families back in Poland.

Hogiel, who is due to start work as a baker, was made subject to a curfew for the next eight weeks and Orzeszyna was handed a conditional discharge.

 

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