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Bradley woman fined for pocketing girl’s mobile phone left at Skipton store
11:10am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Keighley
A woman pocketed a mobile phone left at a supermarket self-service till, magistrates heard.
Victoria Brown, 32, denied theft by finding at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, and claimed she had meant to hand the phone in but had simply forgotten.
She had flown to Spain the following day and left it in the pocket of a coat she had been wearing at the time, the court heard.
The Blackberry phone was eventually returned to its teenage owner more than a week later, after police contacted Brown’s parents, but it was minus its case and SIM card.
The court was told the 14-year-old owner of the phone had left it at the Skipton Tesco store on October 5 last year while shopping with a friend.
Brown, who told the court she lived in Spain but gave an address of Woodfield Drive in Bradley, was found guilty and given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £620.
She was also ordered to pay the owner of the phone £2 compensation for the loss of the case. The court heard the SIM card had been replaced by the network provider.