Laurieston shoplifter 'with dreadful record' stole whisky from Redding supermarket

A Laurieston thief who stole four bottles of whisky has been ordered to pay a three-figure fine.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 5:23 pm
Lynn Johnston, of Laurieston, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Lynn Johnston, of Laurieston, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Lynn Johnston, 48, of 6 Abbotsford Drive, pleaded guilty to pinching bottles of Famous Grouse, valued at £20 each, from Tesco in Redding on February 12, 2020.

Johnston committed the offence while on bail and appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday.

Procurator fiscal depute Ann Orr said: “She was stopped at the door and the property was recovered.

“She was crying at the time when she was stopped.”

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Her defence solicitor said Johnston “hasn’t been in trouble since”.

When Sheriff Derek Livingston noted Johnston had “quite a lengthy record for shoplifting”, the solicitor replied: “She’s suffered from a longstanding drug addiction and suffered significant health issues.”

Addressing the offender, Sheriff Livingston said: “You’ve a dreadful record for shoplifting and other matters and you also don’t tend to keep to court orders.

Johnston was fined £400 and made to pay a £20 victim impact surcharge, payable at £40-per-fortnight.

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