A woman who stole two items from a store over the weekend was placed on a bond when she appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today.
Tracey Nicole Lashley, a first time offender from Niles Road, Eagle Hall, St Michael, confessed that she stole a bottle of mayonnaise and a ham from ShopSmart Incorporated on Saturday.
In giving the facts of the case, Sergeant Theodore McClean said Lashley entered the Worthing, Christ Church branch of the store with another woman and was seen putting the items in her bag.
However, she only presented paper towels and apples to the cashier for payment.
As she was about to leave, security personnel tried stopping her but she continued on until the manager came and spoke to her.
A search of her bag revealed the items valued $110. 78 inside. The matter was reported to police.
Today, Lashley apologized to the magistrate and assured the court that it would never happen again.
“I just followed the multitude to do evil,” she said.
“I was with a lady and I didn’t realize she was that type of woman.”
The magistrate reminded her that she was the one caught putting stolen items into her bag.
“How did you get into this?” he asked Lashley.
“Things get hard,” she replied, adding that she used to sell fish and chips, but the business went down after she had an ailment.
Questioned further, the woman said she gets help from relatives but said her 20-year-old daughter, who lives with her, has not been able to find work, despite sending out numerous job applications.
The magistrate pointed out to the woman that there had to be options other than stealing.
“You never get in trouble before and wait until now in your 40s to have your name all about in the [newspapers]?
“The same way you can walk up those 11 or 12 steps and walk in the court and to walk in that dock, you have enough energy to find something to do.”
He suggested that she starts back selling fish and chips and gets her daughter to help her. The woman agreed.
“How long you think you can behave yourself for?” Frederick asked.
“Long enough, ‘cause I ain’t coming back here,” she responded.
“Everybody says so, but why you think I always have work?” the magistrate asked.
“I hope I don’t see you again,” he added before placing her on a three-month bond to keep the peace.
If she breaches the bond, she must forfeit $750 immediately or spend a month in jail.