Hard-up thief stole hair extensions, make up and food from Sunderland stores

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A THIEF made-off with almost £300 of make-up and hair extensions.

Gemma McCabe took £150 of cosmetics from Rowlands Pharmacy in Sunderland and fake hair worth £129 from Crazy for Hair.

The 26-year-old also took £23 of food from Tesco supermarket in Roker on February 28.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told that McCabe carried out the theft at the chemist’s on March 20 and stole the hair extensions on April 1.

She pleaded guilty to all three offences of theft and also admitted failing to surrender on April 15 and breaching a community order imposed in October last year.

Heather Bolton said McCabe, from Grangetown, Sunderland, had been given a “massive wake-up call” after receiving a 21-month suspended sentence for burglary at Newcastle Crown Court in April.

She added: “The theft of the food related to her claiming benefits and there was a period of time when she did not have any money.

“She is embarrassed by that.”

District Judge Helen Cousins ordered McCabe to be electronically-tagged for eight weeks and obey a 7pm-7am curfew.

She must also pay compensation of £150 to Rowland’s Pharmacy.

District Judge Cousins added: “Twenty one months is a very long suspended sentence and I am glad that this has acted as a wake-up call.”

McCabe was told she owed the court £285 in fines and would not have to pay court costs or a victim surcharge.