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Drug addict asks for jail term after Inverness shoplifting spree

By Ali Morrison

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Co-op in Church Street. Picture: James Mackenzie
Co-op in Church Street. Picture: James Mackenzie

A week-long shoplifting spree at the end of last year came to an end when a 38-year-old woman was arrested.

Gemma Robertson's thieving began on December 7 in the Co-op in Church Street, Inverness and continued at Marks and Spencer and TK Maxx so she could fund her heroin habit, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

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Robertson stole food, alcohol and clothing but no values were provided for Sheriff Sara Matheson.

Robertson, of Madras Street, Inverness also admitted two breaches of bail orders.

Defending, Rory Gowans told the court: "She has been addicted to heroin for some time and has asked for a custodial sentence to be imposed immediately as she has served terms before.

"It will assist her recovery as she gets the support she needs there. It is quite sad really."

Sheriff Matheson jailed Robertson for nine months, backdated to March 25, 2024.

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