Drunk thief dropped loot

A BUNGLING thief stole from a room in the YMCA and dropped the goods as she fled, a court heard.Teenager Amy Smith, of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates on Tuesday where she admitted the drunken theft in November last year.

A BUNGLING thief stole from a room in the YMCA and dropped the goods as she fled, a court heard.

Teenager Amy Smith, of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates on Tuesday where she admitted the drunken theft in November last year.

The court heard the 18-year-old stole CD's, a shoe-box containing smoking items and a fake Rolex watch.

Prosecutor Gareth Davies told magistrates she went to the YMCA to visit a friend but was seen fleeing from the premises by a man who followed her in "hot pursuit."

Mr Davies said: "He said: "What have you got there?" It was pretty obvious they were items she did not want anyone to see. She was carrying the items inside her jacket.

"As she ran along she dropped an object to the floor and others fell to the floor."

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She was detained by the man and was found in possession of items belonging to a YMCA resident.

The theft but her in breach of a six month conditional discharge for criminal damage, which she admitted.

The court heard she had recklessly damaged two windows at the YMCA on October 29 last year after a man threw a bottle or class at her and she threw something back at him.

Dino Barricella, mitigating, said the theft was committed "on impulse" and when drunk.

Mr Barricella said: "Staff and CCTV at the YMCA meant it was inevitable she was going to get caught.

"That is how unplanned and unsophisticated it was.

"In the cold light of day she realises how stupid she has been. When she is not under the influence of alcohol she is a law abiding citizen."

Magistrates sentenced her to a six-month community rehabilitation order for the theft and the same to run concurrently for breaching her conditional discharge.

The order will help address her alcohol problem.

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