A WOMAN tried to blame her two-year-old daughter for stealing from a shop after she herself tried to conceal a wig in her younger child’s pram, a court heard.
Lisa Fisher, 21, of East Mount Flats, walked into Claire’s Accessories in Scarborough on October 7 last year with two of her three children and was recognised by an assistant as being on an anti-theft register – identifying people who have been convicted in the past of shoplifting.
In fact, York Crown Court was told that Fisher has 21 previous convictions, many of them for shoplifting and some for obtaining by deception and burglary.
Edward Bindloss, prosecuting, said that the assistant saw Fisher select the hair piece and, after hiding it in the hood of the pushchair containing her youngest child, leave the store without paying.
When she was stopped Fisher offered to pay, but it was discovered that she had no cash, cards or any other method of payment on her.
It was then that Fisher tried to place the blame on her daughter, but later pleaded guilty in court to a charge of theft.
Recorder Ewan Duff told Fisher that she had a history of being given chances by the courts, breaching court orders and being sent into custody.
Adding that this was an occasion when, in light of her progress at beating her drug addiction, she could again be given a chance, the recorder sentenced Fisher to a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision.
She was also ordered to take part in both a Thinking Skills programme and a specific activity designed to deal with her drug problems.