A woman who claimed that a bracelet ‘fell into her bag by mistake’, was given a second chance by Magistrate Alliston Seale when she appeared before him in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.
All that was required of 67-year-old Lamonte Marita Bradshaw was to pay $250 in costs to the court after she pleaded guilty to stealing one bracelet valued $116.99 belonging to Cave Shepherd and Company yesterday.
Despite admitting to having the bracelet in her bag, Bradshaw insisted “it had slipped into her bag and that it was a genuine error.”
“Mistakes happen, so I will give you an opportunity this time,” Seale told her as she stood pensively in the dock. “But you can’t go into town and make foolish mistakes like this.”
The Magistrate then told her that no conviction would be recorded against her.
In giving details, police prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill said Bradshaw entered Cave Shepherd’s Broad Street Branch yesterday around 1:30 p.m.
She then proceeded to the sunglasses department where she was observed by security carrying a white box containing the bracelet in her left hand.
Bradshaw went to the cashier and purchased a bag and transacted some other business before proceeding to go upstairs.
It was then that she was approached by the security guard, who asked her if she had paid for the bracelet.
She produced the bracelet and said it had slipped into her bag by mistake.
Police were called in and Bradshaw was arrested and charged.