Assault by thief on security guard

A TEENAGER has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after shoplifting in Tesco, Scarborough, and assaulting a security guard.

Rebecca Virginia Croke, 18, of Sinnington, near Pickering, admitting stealing meat and hair dye, worth £9.95, at the store on October 15.

During the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, Croke also pleaded guilty to assaulting a female security guard, stealing alcohol from Stephenson’s Newsagents the previous day and failing to surrender to police bail on October 23.

The court heard how the defendant had been into Tesco on October 15 with a male friend.

Catherine Turnbull, prosecuting, said: “She handed steak from a display to the male and he put it up his tracksuit top.

“They then went to the toiletries aisle, picked up some hair dye, and did the same with that.”

The pair were apprehended outside the store by two members of staff, who brought them back into the store.

Croke is then said to have become abusive and tried to run away.

The female worker said: “She was shouting and swearing at me. She turned on me, took hold of my right forearm and dug her nails into my flesh.”

The woman suffered from scratches, which drew blood, and bruising.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said his client had been drinking on the day of the incident.

He said it had been her friend who had actually taken the goods off the shelf and she had just “let matters go”.

Croke was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work, attend sessions at the Women’s Centre and pay £50 compensation.