'Worth a go' shoplifter bans herself from store

South Wales Guardian: GUILTY: A Gwendraeth Valley woman has admitted attempting to steal cosmetics from a village pharmacy. GUILTY: A Gwendraeth Valley woman has admitted attempting to steal cosmetics from a village pharmacy.

A disabled Gwendraeth Valley shoplifter who told police she thought it was “worth a go” has banned herself from the village pharmacy after she was caught attempting to steal cosmetics while picking up her prescription.

Janine Lousie Anderson, of 66 Cae Glas in Cross Hands, was spotted by staff at Nigel Williams Pharmacy slipping £16.46 worth of Rimmel nail varnish, lip-liner and lipstick into her bag on May 30.

Llanelli magistrates were told how the 41-year-old went to the pharmacy at 11.30am and bought a number of items as well as picking up her medication.

However, she then went to browse the make-up stand where she repeatedly removed and replaced various items.

“She was then seen placing items in her bag,” prosecutor Ellie Morgan told the court.

When she was challenged by staff, Anderson repeatedly said: “I’m sorry.”

When police searched Anderson’s bag they found two bottles of nail varnish, a lip-liner and a lipstick.

When asked whether she had gone to the pharmacy with the intention to steal, Anderson replied: “God, no.”

Asked why she had taken the items, she said: “I don’t know. It’s worth a go, isn’t it?”

David Williams, defending, said Anderson was “very, very sorry” for what she had done and had already returned to the pharmacy to apologise to staff.

Mr Williams said Anderson had also decided to “ban herself” for the shop.

“She has not been banned by the store but she has taken the view that she will no longer go there,” Mr Williams told the court.

“She is not a well lady. She went in planning to collect her prescription but she was tempted by what she saw – expensive items of cosmetics.

“This was unplanned, unsophisticated and ultimately unsuccessful.”

Anderson admitted attempting to steal the items.

She was fined £40 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a further £20 legal surcharge.

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