A LONELY housewife has admitted shoplifting for kicks.
Karen Ann Wynne, 48, of Dean Park, Nomansheath, Malpas, landed herself in court after she was caught stealing food and clothes from the Marks and Spencer store in Chester on November 11.
She admitted the offence at Chester Magistrates Court on December 3.
Ann Rouse, prosecuting, said: “Just before midday, she was seen selecting two jumpers, a blouse, a shirt and a gold bag and putting them in her shopping basket.
“She went into a changing room in the children’s department before emerging with the items inside the gold bag. She then went to the food department and selected some items, together with a carrier bag, before discarding a watch and then attempting to leave the store without paying.
“She said she had only gone into the store for some food and ‘something flipped’.
“In interview, she said that she would have given the items away as presents and it gave her a buzz to steal. She had cash, credit cards and a chequebook with her at the time.”
Stephen Coop, defending, said: “Mrs Wynne has been diagnosed with kleptomania and she has been on anti-depressants for eight years.
“She said that giving these items away as gifts give her rare highs in a life filled with lows.
“She lives quite a lonely existence and says she feels undervalued and unappreciated.
“She knows she can’t carry on like this and feels ashamed – but something would click and it was about wanting to get caught.
“She has been referred to psychiatric counselling for her condition.”
She was given a 12-month community order with 50 hours of unpaid work and she must also pay £85 costs.