A shoplifter tried to steal nearly £300 worth of clothing from a city centre store during lockdown.
Heroin addict Charlene Davison was watched by security staff at Marks and Spencer, on Northumberland Street, in Newcastle, as she stuffed clothes, lingerie and jeans into foil-lined bags.
The 35-year-old then went to the checkouts to pay for some fruit but didn't pay for anything else, a court heard.
She was quickly stopped by staff and the police were called but she was "uncooperative" with officers and initially gave false details.
However, Davison, who has a lengthy criminal record, was correctly identified and charged with one count of shop theft.
She was due before magistrates in North Tyneside in March but failed to show and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Davison, of no fixed abode, then appeared in court in custody on Thursday to plead guilty to the offence and one of failing to surrender to custody.
James Long, prosecuting, said Davison entered Marks and Spencer, on Northumberland Street, on February 21 this year, during the national coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Long added: "She's acting suspiciously. The store security follow her around the store on camera, moving from aisle to aisle.
"She roles up clothing, lingerie and jeans and stuffs them in two bags.
"She then goes and pays for a box of fruit and leaves without paying for the concealed items."
The court heard that both bags, which were foil-lined, were seized and all the items, worth £271, were recovered.
David Parish, mitigating, said Davison had committed the offence because her benefits had been stopped.
He continued: "Charlene is a lady with lots of troubles. She has a problem with heroin misuse. She has been on methadone for some time but has not had that recently as she's lost her accommodation.
"She has been staying with friends since."
Davison was given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay a £95 victim surcharge.