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Dog shampoo theft nurse 'will be jailed if she steals again'

By Alan Erwin

Published 03/09/2015

The woman was warned that if she was found to have committed another crime she would be imprisoned
The woman was warned that if she was found to have committed another crime she would be imprisoned

A nurse who stole three bottles of dog shampoo claimed she had been too embarrassed to go back and pay for them, a court heard.

Caroline Wilson (37) said she only realised the products were in her bag after leaving the pet store.

Fining Wilson £400 for the theft from a branch of Jollyes, a judge warned she will be jailed if she steals again.

Wilson, of Elmwood Cottages in Newtownabbey, admitted taking the shampoo bottles valued at £18.49 on June 11.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard she left the store after buying other goods. She was arrested after police viewed CCTV footage.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer highlighted how the offence was committed within a year of being cautioned for a previous theft incident.

Imposing the fine, he added: "If you're in court again you will be sent to prison."

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