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Woman stole from Skipton charity shop
11:21am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A 21–year–old Romanian woman was ordered to pay £215 in fines and costs for stealing from a Skipton charity shop.
Serfora Gherman was stopped by police in the town centre with another woman after officers received reports that Eastern European women were asking for donations for a children’s centre, Skipton magistrates heard on Friday.
A search of the couple revealed a candlestick which was later identified by staff at Cancer Research UK in Caroline Square. The store’s CCTV cameras showed one of the women putting the candlestick into a bag and leaving the shop without paying.
Prosecuting, Caroline Midgley said the women both gave false identities.
Gherman, who appeared in court alone and with the help of an interpreter, was illiterate, the court was told.
In mitigation, John Kelly said she could not speak English and could not read or write. She was married, with a child, and her husband dealt in scrap metal.
Magistrates told Gherman, of Wallace Street, Oldham, that it was unacceptable to steal from a charity shop and fined her £110 for the theft. However there was no separate penalty for obstructing a police officer. She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £20.
Gherman, talking through the interpreter, told magistrates she had a baby now, begged for forgiveness and said she would not do it again.