Woman fined for shoplifting

Stolen items were mostly cosmetics

Items with a total value of $39 cost Yanelis Cespedes Poll $350 after she pleaded guilty to theft from Foster’s Republix Supermarket in West Bay. 

That was the fine imposed by Chief Magistrate Nova Hall last Thursday. 

Crown Counsel Nicole Petit said the offence occurred on Saturday, 1 October, 2011, around 8pm. A security guard observed a shopper taking items off the shelf and putting them into her handbag.  

She then went through the check-out line and paid for goods in her cart, but not for the goods in her purse. She was stopped at the exit and submitted to a search. 

Items recovered included shaving gel, lip liner, eye shadow, a hair product and one package of pain medication.  

Ms Petit noted that Poll, 36, had no previous convictions. 

The magistrate thanked a representative from the Department of Community Rehabilitation for the social inquiry report prepared. It assessed Poll as being at low risk of re-offending. 

The magistrate said this offence was straight-out theft with no aggravating factors. She indicated a fine was the appropriate sentence, but allowed two months for payment. 

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