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A North Lynn woman ran from Aldi staff who stopped her for shoplifting.

But Rochelle Baxter, who has a long record including more than 50 theft offences, was soon picked up by police.

The 32-year-old appeared before Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday via video link from HMP Peterborough where she is serving a 12-week sentence for other matters.

The theft of £76.21 worth of meat from Aldi in Gaywood happened on July 22, 2021.

Prosecutor Collette Harper said Baxter, who pleaded guilty to theft, had been detained by a member of staff after being spotted removing security stickers.

“In interview she said she was going to steal items and then sell them but got caught. She ran because she knew the police were on the way,” added Mrs Harper.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51811021)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51811021)

In mitigation, Charlotte Winchester said it had been a relatively unsophisticated offence and fairly low value.

“She tells me she had no money. He boyfriend was in prison and she had not been taking her medication,” added Miss Winchester.

The court was told the defendant had given birth six weeks ago and the baby was now in foster care.

Baxter, of Spring Sedge, was sentenced to seven days’ custody, to run concurrently with the time she is already serving.

An order was made for a victim surcharge of £128.

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