Woman stole cake when cash was short

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Stealing one slice of cheesecake valued at £1.90 from a shop proved an expensive exercise for a woman – when she was ordered to pay a total of £90 in financial penalties for the crime.

Suzanne Booker, 25, of Boothroyden, North Shore, pleaded guilty to theft.

She was fined £40 with £30 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Lynne Sayers, prosecuting, said Booker was seen stealing one slice of cheesecake from Marks & Spencer, in Chatham, Kent, putting it in a holdall she had on November 15 about 6pm.

When questioned Booker said although she had £6 on her, she decided to steal the cake.

Booker had a record of seven previous thefts from shops.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said at the time of the offence Booker and her partner had no home.

They were living on the streets or sleeping on friends’ sofas.

Cash was short and Booker was hungry, so she stole the cheesecake.

Booker and her partner had now come to live in Blackpool to make a fresh start.