A trio of shoplifters have admitted a spate of thefts – with one of them swiping vacuum cleaners worth more than £1,000 from an Aberdeen supermarket
Roy Clark, 41, Stephanie McAllister, 31, and John McKenzie, 21, appeared in the dock together having previously pled guilty to a variety of charges.
McKenzie admitted stealing six vacuum cleaners valued at more than £1,000 from Aldi on Westhill Drive on October 19.
All three also pled guilty to stealing a quantity of car maintenance products worth £221.81 from Westhill Service Station, Elrick, on October 22.
McAllister further admitted stealing alcohol from Marks & Spencer on Denmore Road on December 22, and electrical items from Asda, Jesmond Drive, on January 25.
Meanwhile, McKenzie admitted stealing dishwasher tablets and confectionary valued at £34.38 from the Co-operative on Kingswells Avenue on September 24.
He also pled guilty to stealing alcohol from the Denmore Road Marks & Spencer on December 22 and striking a woman on the body on January 25 at Asda on Jesmond Drive.
Fiscal depute Callum Thomson said McKenzie had hit the woman to the stomach “in order to facilitate his exit”. He added: “She was not injured in relation to the assault.”
Defence agent Kevin Longino, representing Clark, said there “hasn’t been any further offending” from his client.
Peter Keene, representing McAllister, said: “She tells me at the time she had been dabbling with crack cocaine which she had been induced to take by so-called friends.
“She found it was in control of her rather than the other way round and it wasn’t long before she was having to pay off drug debts to the people that encouraged her in the first place.”
David Sutherland, McKenzie’s solicitor, said his client seemed to have put that offending behind him and “moved on”.
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill ordered Clark, of Wingate Road, Aberdeen, to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within nine months.
She also ordered McKenzie, of the same address, to do 135 hours of unpaid work in six months.
McAllister, of Arnage Drive, Aberdeen, had her sentence deferred for six months.