Serial shoplifter caught at it again
A woman with more than 50 shoplifting and theft convictions has added another one to her tally.
In the past, Gaye Francis Higgott, 42, of Whanganui, stole to get money for drugs.
This time, her light fingers got busy as she needed money to look after her grandchildren.
On July 31, Higgott was caught stealing a $460 video baby monitor and $25 set of toy racing cars from Farmers, Palmerston North.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, defence lawyer Mike Ryan said that at the time Higgott was looking after her three grandchildren.
Their parents were both in prison and Higgott was having trouble getting the appropriate level of benefit money to look after them.
For a short period of time she was without income, Mr Ryan said.
He said Higgott had more than 50 convictions for theft and shoplifting, but had not been convicted since 2008.
Judge Les Atkins warned her she would be off to prison if she came to court again.
He told Higgott the way to deal with money trouble was not to get into more trouble.
"There are people in the community who can help in these situations and would help if you approached them in the right way," the Judge said.
"You must try and do that if you find yourself in this kind of desperate situation again."
Higgott admitted a shoplifting charge and was sentenced to three months' community detention and 80 hours' community work.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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