6 months ago

A WOMAN who used a young girl to try to steal hundreds of rands worth of sports clothes has been found guilty.

According to the Bristol Post, Charlotte Cassidy (22) from a town in Wales, Britain took an unnamed 11-year-old girl to JD Sports at a Mall in Bristol on 17 November. The girl then ran out of the shop with clothes worth £416 (almost R7 000). She took the stolen goods to Cassidy, who was waiting in her car.

Staff in the shop saw the child run out with the clothes and alerted the cops.

On Wednesday, the court heard that this was the second time Cassidy had been bust using kids to steal things from shops. She has a previous conviction for shoplifting with a child aged 14.

Cassidy claimed that the child had left the shop by mistake without paying and that they were going to go back to do so.

The court found her guilty and fined her £170 (about R2 800). The child was not prosecuted.

Presiding magistrate Dr Giles Brown was quoted in the report as saying: “We’ve taken these matters very seriously.

“This is your second of very like offences, involving someone much younger than yourself. This is of significant concern to us.”

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