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Thief steals over £1,000 worth of goods from Solihull supermarkets

A DRUG addict with a string of previous convictions has appeared in court for stealing over £1,000 worth of goods from supermarkets across Solihull.

A DRUG addict with a string of previous convictions has appeared in court for stealing over £1,000 worth of goods from supermarkets across Solihull.

Kelly Toolan, who is currently living in a hostel in Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday to three counts of theft.

The 35-year-old admitted stealing alcohol from Aldi, Acocks Green, on January 17, three televisions from Solihull Sainsbury’s on January 19 and groceries from Sainsbury’s in Shirley on December 29 last year.

Fiona Davies, prosecuting, told the court Toolan had 86 previous convictions for theft. Ms Davies added: “In relation to the television theft at Sainsbury’s, the defendant loaded the sets into a trolley and wheeled them out without paying for them.

“She was captured on CCTV and identified. In relation to Aldi, initially there was a struggle when the defendant was stopped.

“She then made off, leaving the goods at the scene.”

Magistrates decided that because the offences ‘pre-date’ Toolan’s recent stint in prison, she should be handed a conditional discharge for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay £150 compensation.

 

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