A woman and her aunt from Singapore on a shopping holiday in Britain stole from a Harvey Nichols store during the Boxing Day sales, a court heard yesterday.
Their names were given as Melody Chong Win, 25, who reportedly earns about $150,500 a year, and Ling Foe, 65.
They were visiting London on a “sales holiday” when they took two purses worth £215 (S$450) from the flagship central London store, reported Britain’s The Mirror.
Prosecutor Doreen Bogle said: “On the Dec 26, the defendants were seen to enter Harvey Nichols... (They) were observed by security to steal a number of items, two purses to the value of £215.
“They left the store making no attempt to pay and the security tags were found to be torn off the purses, but the items were recovered.”
Their lawyer Matthew Humphreys said the 25-year-old and her aunt admitted they had been “unfortunate and stupid”, but thought they could get away with the crime as the items were untagged.
The pair, who had spent the night in the cells at Wandsworth Police Station after being arrested, admitted to theft and were fined £105 by Westminster magistrates.
The 25-year-old had received a caution in 2009 for a similar offence, said the report
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