A man and a woman from Hucknall have been warned that they will be sent to prison if they continue to steal from shops.
Matthew Stephen Hudson (28), of Lime Tree Road, and Emma Louise Hyde (33), of Arden Close, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this week for offences of shoplifting.
They pleaded guilty to stealing groceries worth £137.62 from the Tesco Extra superstore on Jennison Street in Bulwell on Friday 19th July.
The court heard that probation officers recommended, in pre-sentence reports, that Hudson and Hyde be given community orders with supervision.
But District Judge Leo Pyle rejected this and told the duo: “These offences are aggravated by your criminal records.
“I am not minded to follow the recommendations in the probation report. These offences were premeditated, you knew what you were doing and so you have put your liberty in jeopardy.”
Hudson and Hyde were each handed prison sentences of four weeks, suspended for six months. They were also each ordered to pay £85 costs and £80 victim surcharges.
Marjorie Kirkham-Smith (prosecuting) said the theft was “a spur of the moment thing and was not planned”. The stolen goods had been recovered.
Jim Buckley (defending Hudson) described the theft as “unsophisticated, impulsive and amateurish”.
“It was an unfortunate matter, but the stolen goods were recovered and Mr Hudson made a full confession at the police station,” said Mr Buckley.
Helen Rooks (defending Hyde) said: “This was a foolish thing for her to do, given her record and the fact that her 11-year-old daughter is dependent on her.
“She has some debts and has problems budgeting. She is also taking anti-depressants.
“But since serving a short custodial sentence last year, she has been clean of drugs. She is looking for work and looking positively towards the future.”
Miss Rooks also disclosed that Hyde “had breached community orders in the past, but responded well to supervision”.