A LIGHT-FINGERED mum-to-be helped herself to meat from a supermarket.
Rachel Howarth grabbed pork loins and steak from the freezers at Lidl in Sunderland and tried to leave the store in Roker Avenue without paying.
But she was spotted by security staff, who called police.
The 24-year-old, of Southwick, pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said that just before 1pm on April 9, a security supervisor at the store saw Howarth carrying a basket and a carrier bag, both with meat in.
She put the basket down but continued to walk out of the shop with the bag.
Staff stopped her and found the bag contained two pork loins, two sirloin steaks and a rump steak, worth £22.55.
Derek Logg, defending, said Howarth, had stayed out of trouble for two years after meeting a new man, but after they briefly split, she stole the meat in the hope of selling it to pay off debts.
He added: “She was upset, confused and she owed money.”
Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Howarth pay a £15 victim surcharge.