22nd Nov, 2019

Heavy fine following theft of fragrance

Worcester Editorial 18th Sep, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WOMAN who helped with the theft of almost £500 worth of fragrance from a city centre store has been heavily fined.

Susan Smith, from Malvern, and Thomas Raymond stole nine boxes of the 1Million perfume, valued at £494, from Debenhams on the High Street on June 9.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to theft at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday, but admitted to stealing only one of the boxes, saying Raymond took the other eight.

At 4.25pm on June 9 a loss prevention officer at the store was alerted to the fragrance department as there was a large gap in the stock.

CCTV was reviewed and it showed both Smith and Raymond pushing pushchairs around Debenhams while they concealed the products under the chairs, the court was told.

Magistrates also heard police attended the store the next day and saw the pair with the same pushchairs on the High Street and arrested them both.

The perfume was sold on for between £20 and £30.

Smith was fined £75 for the offence and ordered to pay £57 in compensation, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury: “I think that really it is not going to make any difference to sentence whether you were convicted of all the thefts or just the one box you took.

“You have been out of trouble for three years now so I don’t think it will make a difference.”

Raymond had failed to appear on the day and a warrant was issued.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Worcester Observer newspaper.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.

Digital Advertising

Advertise on the Worcester Observer to boost your online presence.

Book an Advert

Book your newspaper advert with our online advert creation tool.