Woman admits to stealing charity boxes

PUBLISHED: 20:00 25 March 2016

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A Winscombe woman has admitted to stealing three charity boxes from a butcher's shop.

Samantha Brown, aged 30 and of The Lynch, admitted two counts of theft from a shop and one count of burglary at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday.

She confessed to stealing a trolley worth of goods from two supermarkets on separate occasions in January and February.

Some time between October 24 and 26 last year, she also smashed a window of Scotch Corner Butchers in Milton Road in Weston-super-Mare and took three charity boxes.

Her blood was found on the glass by police investigators, which led to her arrest.

May Li, prosecuting, said: “She said she was probably under the influence of class A drugs and said she didn’t know if she had done it.

“She tested positive for cocaine and opiates.”

Giles Nelson, defending, said Brown had been through a traumatic personal experience which led to her relapse, and said: “She had been clean for eight years previously.

“She has voluntarily been to Addaction and has moved in with her parents.

“She is moving forward positively with her rehabilitation.”

The court ordered Brown to undergo drug rehabilitation, including drug sampling and reporting to a supervisor.

She was ordered to pay £150 to the butchers, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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