Friend of shoplifter pretended to fall over during distraction theft at Lidl

North Tyneside magistrates courts


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Story by Paul Lynch 26th August 2020

A thief tried to steal booze and other goods from a Lidl supermarket, while her friend tried distracting staff by pretending to fall over thinking they could create a diversion while they helped themselves to goods.

North Tyneside Magistrates Court heard that on March 2nd 2020, Rachael Fox and her male friend entered a Lidl store, on Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle, Fox's friend then deliberately fell to the floor in an aisle and shouted for help in an attempt to get the attention of staff while her 27-year-old friend made her escape.

Smart retail staff were alart and stopped Fox as she went to leave the store with £59 worth of whiskey and meat.

Rachael Fox, of Seaton Road, Shiremoor Newcastel, has been fined after she admitted one count of shop theft.

The court heard that Fox had a previous conviction for shop theft from January this year, her solicitor, Alanna Wesencraft, said she had made steps and turned her life around.

The Magistrates fined Fox £80 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.


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