King's Lynn woman stole scratchcards from friend
A Lynn woman has admitted stealing six winning scratchcards from a friend and collecting the £39 prize money.
Town magistrates heard on Monday that Linsey Marie Scoles spotted the cards while a passenger in a car and saw the opportunity to take them while her friend refuelled.
The friend immediately noticed they were missing.
Prosecuting, Jane Walker said: “The complainant asked where they had gone. She said she was calling the police and the defendant got out and didn’t wait for them to arrive.”
Miss Walker said Scoles, 30, was later seen on CCTV at a Tesco Express branch exchanging scratchcards for their winnings.
Scoles was arrested and gave a mixed interview of denial and no comment.
“She admitted being the only person in the car. She denied stealing them,” said Miss Walker, who added that the defendant claimed the scratchcards she had were from her boyfriend.
This week in court, Scoles, of Pleasant Court, pleaded guilty to theft on February 28.
Mitigating, Tim Bartlam said: “It’s clear that while her friend was refilling, she took [the scratchcards] for herself and went to cash them in. She really can’t explain to me why that happened. It was a spontaneous act, not planned.”
The court heard that Scoles had eight convictions for 12 offences. Mr Bartlam outlined her mental health issues and said her offending coincided with spending four years in a hostel.
He said the latest offence was “clearly not sophisticated” but the magistrates might consider that there had been a degree of breach of trust.
Due to Scoles’ previous offending, the bench felt the community punishment threshhold had been passed and ordered a pre-sentencing report. The case was adjourned to June 3.