CCTV caught shoplifters

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Two women caught shoplifting cosmetics on CCTV have been fined at Oban Sheriff Court.

Cairon McLuckie, 21, of 9F High Street, Oban and Eilidh Macauley, aged 20, of Room 8, Shore Street Flats, also Oban, both admitted stealing a quantity of cosmetics and toiletries from a supermarket in the town on June 30 this year.

The pair, who appeared before Oban sheriff Patrick Hughes last week, had attracted suspicions of staff by appearing to drift back and forth to see if anyone was watching them, the court heard.

They made their way to the self-scan section of the store, made some small purchases but there were more items that were not paid for. CCTV was viewed and police were called and the women were later charged.

The amount of stolen goods came to £45 but £13.84 worth of items was returned, the court was told.

At the time of the offence, McLuckie had been experiencing great difficulties in coming to terms with the death of her partner earlier in the year and was feeling ‘a bit wreckless,’ said solicitor Kevin McGinness defending her.

She is now getting help and support to cope and was very sorry. ‘She does not recognise herself in this behaviour,’ Mr McGinness told the sheriff.

Macauley was on a joint venture with her and to her credit she did return the items she had, the court heard.

McLuckie was fined £70 plus a £10 victim surcharge and Macauley was fined £50 with a £10 victim surcharge.

Sheriff Hughes told the women: ‘There’s no excuse for this. The most valuable thing you can have is an honest reputation. You have to be very careful that is not destroyed in a small community.’