A WOMAN stole £479 worth of electrical items from the Asda store in Kingsway, Quedgeley, a court heard.

Anna Herbert, aged 32, pleaded guilty to the theft of two televisions, a kettle, a toaster, a pannini machine, a vacuum cleaner, a DVD player, a portable DVD player, a George Foreman grill, an iron and two coats from the supermarket.

Herbert, of Prestwick Road, Quedgeley, was sentenced to a 12 month community order with supervision at Stroud Magistrates Court on Monday.

“On Sunday, January 12,the manager of the supermarket noticed that two televisions were missing and checked CCTV footage,” said Kathryn Jenkins, prosecuting.

“It showed Ms Herbert entering the store around 10.30am.

“She put one TV into a trolley along with other electrical items and walked out of the store without paying.

“She then went back into the store with an empty trolley and repeated the exercise.”
Some items were recovered by police but others were given away to be sold, the court heard.

Defending herself, Herbert said she was working with the ISIS Women’s Centre and the probation service.

“I had a drug addiction going back a year ago and everything has led on from that,” she said.

“There were other issues such as my benefits stopping so I had no money. I have been clear of drugs for a couple of months now.”

Magistrates were told that Herbert already owed money to the court.

Bench chairman Dr Hazel Padfield said: “It is a serious matter.

“A lot of goods were taken and some were not recovered. We have heard how much you owe to the court and we will not be making an order for costs because of your means.”