‘Silly’ Ipswich shoplifter stole shawl and tried to steal boots

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A shoplifter with more than 20 previous offences to her name has been given a conditional discharge.

Tracey Quinton, of Wesley Way, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to theft and attempted theft.

The offences occurred in Woodbridge on December 15 and Christmas Eve.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Quinton entered Seasalt in the Thoroughfare at 5.30pm on December 15.

She selected a ‘Linnet’ shawl priced at £60, put it in a bag and left the store without paying.

On December 24 the 53-year-old went into Fat Face, opposite Seasalt.

She took a pair of £35 Hatfield Western boots off the shelf and placed them in a bag.

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A member of staff saw what Quinton had done and retrieved the boots before Quinton left the shop.

Magistrates were told Quinton had 22 previous offences to her name, 14 of which were for theft.

Quinton, representing herself, told the court: “I was silly.”

She was given a six-month conditional discharge.

Quinton was also ordered to pay Seasalt £60 compensation and £15 to the victims’ fund.