Disorder ‘made woman go on stealing spree’

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A woman told police she suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder, which sometimes made her want to steal.

Emma O’Hagan went on a mini-theft spree, taking handbags, food and perfume from various Blackpool town centre stores.

O’Hagan, 30, of Withnell Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of theft when she appeared before a magistrates’ court.

She was sentenced to a two-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the offences happened on Thursday, March 12.

O’Hagan was seen acting suspiciously in Boots.

She left the shop, and was spotted with a Lancome perfume valued at £48.

An officer asked her to go back in to the store (pictured). But she ran off and was caught nearby.

Two handbags and some purses, together worth £110, from The Boutique Store and blocks of cheese costing £15 from the Co-op, which she had stolen earlier the same day, were also found in her possession when she was apprehended.

She told police she suffered from a disorder which made her want to steal at times.

She had intended selling the items to buy alcohol and drugs.

She was now working with a substance abuse rehabilitation team.