Belfast woman who stole nearly 40 bottles of perfume from House of Fraser jailed for three months

A woman who stole nearly 40 perfume bottles from a Belfast department store has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Alondra Sima claimed she intends to keep the more than £3,000 worth of fragrances for herself and give away to friends.

The 19-year-old mother-of-one also took hundreds of pounds worth of designer clothes in a separate raid at another city-centre shop.

Sima, from Edinburgh Street in Belfast, admitted to two thefts and a further count of criminal damage.

She was arrested on April 1 this year in connection with an incident at the House of Fraser in Victoria Square the previous week.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard that 38 bottles of perfume, worth a total of £3,003, had been stolen from the department store on March 26 and never recovered.

Sima and a youth who was charged with her when she was stopped were both searched.

The younger girl had hidden £735 worth of clothes stolen from the nearby Ted Baker store in her dress.

The goods were not suitable for resale as security tags had been removed.

Sima has been described as a single mother planning to move away from Belfast to settle down.

Her lawyer acknowledged the high value of the thefts, adding that she was willing to contribute to the two businesses’ losses.

But District Judge Ted Magill insisted there was no realistic prospect of her paying back the amount in question.

He told Sima: “You say your motivation was to keep those bottles and use them for yourself and[give]to friends, not to sell them. I just don’t think so.

“Thirty-eight bottles…that’s stealing for profit, nothing else.”

Mr Magill was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and granted bail pending an appeal. Belfast woman who stole nearly 40 bottles of perfume from House of Fraser jailed for three months

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