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Mum who stole from Belfast shops to fund heroin addiction got caught every time, court hears

A store thief who repeatedly targeted Belfast retailers to fund her heroin addiction got caught every time she stole, a court heard today.

Mother-of-one Lindsay Black took clothing, beauty products, candles and even air-fresheners from city centre businesses.

A judge who ordered her to serve two years on probation warned that she will be sent to jail if she steals again this year.

Black, 27, of Crumlin Road, Belfast, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and fraud by false representation.

The case against her involved four separate incidents where she was arrested between October 2011 and January this year.

She stole nearly £100 worth of Yankee candles from Clinton Cards and took two air-fresheners from a branch of Gordon's Chemist.

Another raid was carried out on Boots, when beauty products valued at just under £36 were lifted.

Last month Black took two cardigans from Primark and then returned on as being paid for in a bid to get an exchange and receipt.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the defendant has been a heroin user and stole in a bid to get money for drugs.

But he added : "Every time she attempts this type of behaviour she seems to get caught; she is an extremely poor thief.

"She's never actually been able to get away with it."

District Judge Desmond Perry imposed a two-year probation order for the candle theft, on condition that Black gets treatment for her drug problem.

Deferring sentencing on the other counts until December, he warned her: "If you continue stealing there's a very severe risk, notwithstanding your responsibilities as a mother, I will be compelled to send you to prison.

"When the temptation comes on you to steal what you need to do is focus on your child."

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