A 49-year-old unemployed woman will spend the night at HMP Dodds after pleading guilty to theft.
Alicia Sheldene Smith, of Block 1E, North Close, Wildey, St Michael, admitted to entering Popular Discounts on Spry Street, The City, on Wednesday and stealing a can of insecticide, two cans of luncheon meat, a pack of chicken seasoning and a bottle of mayonnaise.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Edwin Pinder, told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that Smith, a “recognized shoplifter”, was kept under observation when she entered the supermarket around 1:30 p.m.
She reportedly picked up a shopping basket and placed it on her wrist along with two other plastic bags before she was seen taking up items and placing them in the basket, as well as in one of the bags. She then proceeded to the cashier where she paid for what was in the basket and tried to exit the store.
However, Smith was stopped and searched and the police were called in after the items were found.
“These ain’t come from in here,” Smith declared when asked to account for the items. However, CCTV footage showed otherwise.
Smith’s attorney Mohia Ma’at told the magistrate that she was a mother of four children and only one was employed. He also suggested that the items taken were things that could be used by her family.
However, the magistrate pointed out that he had earlier convicted, reprimanded and discharged her on a theft charge last December.
He then remanded Smith to the St Philip penal institution until Thursday when she is due to know her fate.