Holidaymaker fined after stealing baby buggy at Butlins

A HOLIDAYMAKER who stole a baby buggy after her own buggy was stolen claimed she had only carried out the offence because she was unable to carry her baby.

Selina Jane Butler, 40, of Holbeck, Leeds, admitted stealing the buggy from Butlins holiday camp at Ingoldmells on July 16 when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court last week.

Miss Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the pushchair that was left outside the Splash swimming pool at 2.25pm as it was too big to fit through the barrier.

But when the owner returned to collect it ten minutes later, it had been stolen.

The owner went to report the theft to security staff and, while there, saw the buggy in the back of a car that pulled up outside.

The registration number was taken and Miss Butler was seen by police still in possession of the buggy.

She told police she did not know why she had taken it.

The court was told she was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed at Leeds last December for stealing baby milk.

Mitigating, Mr Saleem Khan said that the same day, Miss Butler’s own buggy had been stolen.

She had three children, he said, including a 15 month old baby and she impulsively took this buggy.

He said she suffered from bronchitis and a bone disease and had been struggling to carry her baby.

However, he said she accepted that two wrongs don’t make a right.

Magistrates imposed a £65 fine, plus £340 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge, and ordered that the conditional discharge be continued.