A DUNFERMLINE mum stole from Asda and then from Debenhams two months later.

Claire Stevenson, 36, of Inchkeith Drive, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted previously that on October 19, at Debenhams, Kingsgate Centre, she stole cosmetics and jewellery.

She had admitted that on August 13, at Asda superstore, Halbeath, she stole a quantity of toiletries, candles and household items.

The items stolen from Debenhams were worth £49 and there was full recovery.

“I’m so sorry,” she told police after being caught.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said: “It’s not the normal situation of someone stealing to get money for drink or drugs.

“She had fallen foul of the Universal Credit changes. There were delays in payments and she was in financial difficulties and had taken a loan.

“She was stealing to sell the items to support her family. She had her 18-year-old son living with her who was not working and also has a five-year-old child.”

The court heard Stevenson also had analogous previous convictions from several years ago.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio deferred sentence until July 31 for Stevenson to show she can be of good behaviour in that time.