Shop theft charge

A WOMAN has appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court facing charges of shoplifting.

Samantha Jane Houffe, 40, of Eastfield Avenue, Norton, admitted stealing chocolate bars and a yoghurt drink worth £5.36 from One Stop Shop on August 26.

She also admitted stealing eight cans of lager worth £13.04 from Morrisons on September 15 and again on September 19.

Robert Vining, mitigating, said his client had “hit the bottle” due to a relationship breakdown and was very sorry for what she had done.

The defendant was fined £50 for each offence and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs, along with compensation to cover the cost of the stolen items.