Pair jailed after shoplifting £400 cosmetics from Lymington shops

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Staff confronted Stephen Dempsey after he filled a bag with cosmetics (photo Google)

TWO shoplifters who stole hundreds of pounds of cosmetics from Lymington shops were jailed for three months.

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Stephen Dempsey (46) and 30-year-old Victoria Peters appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) charged with theft from a shop following the offence at the Superdrug branch on Saturday.

The Bench heard Dempsey entered the High Street store shortly before 11am and filled a bag with a range of products valued at around £400.

Confronted by staff, he refused to return the items and fled without paying.

Dempsey and Peters, both of Lower Buckland Road in the town, each pleaded guilty to their charge before being handed the prison terms.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “At around 10.55am on Saturday 21st November, Stephen Joseph Dempsey, aged 46, of Lower Buckland Road, entered Superdrug on Lymington High Street and placed a range of cosmetic products into a bag.

“He was confronted by shop staff after they were alerted to suspicious activity on the shop floor, but refused to hand over the products.

“Dempsey then left the store without paying, having stolen products worth approximately £400. He pleaded guilty to theft from a shop at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.”

The spokesperson added: “Appearing at the same court today, Victoria Tracey Peters, 30, of Lower Buckland Road, also pleaded guilty to theft from a shop and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.”

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