A woman stole £120 worth of items from a supermarket including crisps, Jägermeister and vodka just a month after being convicted for shoplifting.

35-year-old Lauren Weeks of Castle Close, Dorchester, appeared before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to theft from a shop.

On September 9, 2023, she stole items worth £120.05 from Asda on Newstead Road, Weymouth.

Weeks stole the items just a month after being given a conditional discharge for shoplifting on August 26.

The new offence meant she breached the conditions of her previous discharge.

Elizabeth Valera, prosecuting, said: “Police officers noticed someone leave Asda with a basket full of items.

“The defendant was seen handing the basket over to two males

“The goods were recovered. They included crisps, milk, bread and five bottles of spirits including Vodka and Jägermeister, amounting to £120.

Patricia Sheehan, mitigating, told the court that Weeks had been helped by a serious upturn in her life since the offence thanks to a homeless charity.

Having been homeless for “many years”, she has now moved into permanent accommodation which Weeks described as being “permanent and beautiful”.

Ms Sheehan said the defendant’s offending pattern was “linked to being in temporary accommodation” last year and said the move to a permanent home had made a “massive difference”.

The case was adjourned until Thursday, June 6, for a pre-sentence report.

Weeks was released on unconditional bail until sentencing at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court.