Authorities: British woman, 76, shoplifted because she was 'bored'

Jan. 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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CREWE, England, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Authorities in Britain said a 76-year-old woman with "the record of a heroin addict" went on a four-year theft spree because she was "bored."

June Humphreys, 76, a Crewe, England, great-grandmother, pleaded guilty in a North Staffordshire courtroom to shoplifting charges stemming from her four-year spree of small thefts of items including candy, baby clothes and a breast pump from various stores, the Mirror reported Wednesday.

Probation officer Darren Vernon said Humphreys underwent treatment for breast cancer and osteoarthritis during her shoplifting spree.

"She has the record of a heroin addict in his late teens. She has traveled around on public transport and committed offenses," Vernon told the court. "She knows it is wrong, she says she is bored. She lives alone. She has seven children but the only one she has contact with lives above her."

Humphreys was sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for a year. Magistrates warned her she would go to prison if she continues her shoplifting habits.

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