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Shoplifter and heroin addict who tried to steal more than £300 worth of clothing and cosmetics from an Inverness store awaits her fate – Samantha Taylor admitted the theft by shoplifting which occurred at Primark and illicit drug possession


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

A heroin addict who tried to steal more than £300 worth of clothing and cosmetics from an Inverness store was given a chance to behave herself.

Samantha Taylor, of the city’s Oldtown Road, admitted the theft by shoplifting which occurred at Primark on September 12, 2019.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood told Sheriff Robert Frazer all items were recovered.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that when she was arrested, police found £10 worth of heroin in her handbag. She also pleaded guilty to illicit drug possession.

Fiscal depute John MacColl said: “These offences were committed when she was using and abusing drugs.

“The theft was a blatant one and she was stopped by security staff at the door.”

Mr MacColl added that his client had been trying to stay out of trouble and tackling her problem “but she is not out of the woods yet.”

Taylor will be sentenced on October 14 after Sheriff Frazer deferred the case for three months for good behaviour.


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