A WOMAN who tried to steal hundreds of pounds of cosmetics from Asda was caught with a blade in her pocket.
Margaret Campbell attempted to smuggle £235 worth of toiletries from the Govan branch of the supermarket chain.
But she was collared by cops who were near the store on other business.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the 50-year-old was trying to make off with the goods at 8.30pm on October 23, 2020.
A witness in the supermarket became aware of the security alarm sounding.
The depute fiscal told the court it was Campbell attempting to make off from the store without paying for stolen goods.
She was asked to stop as she was leaving the store but refused to do so and made off.
Police who were at the scene on an unrelated manner stopped to intervene.
Campbell confirmed to police that she had concealed stolen property on her person.
On searching Campbell, from Govan, they found she had items within her clothing she had not paid for.
During the search multiple cosmetic items were discovered in several pockets.
Cops also uncovered an exposed razor blade in the pocket of her jeans.
The court heard the goods were worth £235.
She has since been barred from Asda Govan.
Campbell was also in court on a charge of failing to appear at her last hearing but her lawyer said this was a mix up.
Her defence agent said: “This morning she has told me that she had been in the building since 9.10am on the date of the last appearance but she believed I was not there.”
In relation to the shop lifting charge he added: “She has failed to engage with the structured deferred sentence because she had been unwell with Covid.
“She has been of good behaviour for almost 15 months.
“Given her previous record and that she is no longer welcome within Asda Govan she will get away from shop lifting.”
The sheriff said the report refers to the fact she steals to fund the purchase of street Valium.
“It seems to me there are things that could still be addressed in a structured deferred sentence.
“This report is not encouraging and although there must have been a wave of Covid-19 going on, covid has been offered on multiple occasions as being your excuse for not engaging with the writer of this report.
“It’s not good enough.”
Campbell was given four months to be of good behaviour.
The sheriff added: “I expect you to work with social work.
“You must make sure you are in touch and contactable.”