A PROLIFIC thief has been told she may face prison over stealing hundreds of pounds worth of cosmetic items in the latest of a string of dishonesty offences.

Over a three-day period, Anne Marie Varey, 54, was caught on CCTV taking almost £300 worth of goods from Boots, in Darlington, putting her in breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed three months ago.

Varey pleaded guilty to three charges of theft from a shop in Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, after taking cosmetics from the town centre chemists between November 23 and 25.

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Stephen Andrew, mitigating, told the court the offences put her in breach of 12-month prison term suspended for 18 months for burglary sentenced by a crown court judge.

A prosecution outline of the case stated that Varey, of Wordsworth Road, Darlington, had entered Boots with a bag for life in order to steal.

The prosecution added: “On November 23, the cosmetic items taken are valued at £76.49 and on the second offence on November 25, those cosmetics items taken are valued at £149.99.

“Due to the store CCTV being observed the witness saw Miss Varey had been in the shop an hour beforehand and similar items were taken on that occasion, valuing £71.59.”

Magistrates referred Varey to Teesside Crown Court where a judge will decide how she should be sentenced for the thefts and for breaching her suspended prison term at a date to be set.

She was granted unconditional bail and addressed magistrates to say: “Sorry about this, I won’t let this happen again".