CCTV cameras caught out a woman who went back to fetch a bag of stolen meat stashed in a bush behind the cinema in Boston.
Rebecca Bulman, 34, of Friars Gate, Boston, appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday, charged with handling the stolen meat products valued at 36.61.
Prosecutor Jim Clare said Bulman was found by police using CCTV after another male was seen to enter Lincolnshire Co-operative on West Street with a black bag.
He said the male put the meat in the bag and left the store, handing it to Bulman outside the store, where it was hidden behind the cinema before being picked up later. It was recovered in Bulman’s partners’ possession at Fydell Crescent.
Mr Clare said Bulman had 30 previous records of dishonesty however her last appearance before court had been about a year ago.
Defending, Philipa Chatterton said Bulman had seen the other man while with her partner in town and had gone in Lincolnshire Co-operative to look at ‘household goods’ separately to him.
She had come out of the store and, a few minutes later, the other man had run out and tossed her the bag.
Ms Chatterton said Bulman was suspicious of what was in the bag, had hidden it in a bush, and was going to leave it but at the suggestion of her partner went back to retrieve it.
She added the incident was not premeditated and said Bulman had otherwise been out of trouble.
Magistrates gave Bulman a £65 fine and ordered her to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £40 costs.
Bulman’s partner and the other male had been dealt with previously.