The Jamaica Observer – August 29, 2006
A 51-year-old woman was last week given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court for attempting to steal nine textbooks from the 70b King Street branch of Kingston Bookshop.
The woman, Sharon Smith, who appeared before RM Martin Gayle, was given six months at hard labour for the offence, but had the sentence suspended for 12 months .
According to court documents, on August 19, at approximately 2:45 pm, a security guard employed to the bookstore noticed four women, who were standing closely together, walking towards the store’s exit attempting to cross the sensormatic security system at the same time. Upon the approach of the four women the store alarm went off, and the security guard, the documents said, ordered the women to step back, then to cross the sensormatic system individually.
Shortly afterwards the security guard noticed Smith who was retreating behind one of the store’s bookshelves and alerted one of his colleagues within the bookstore.
Smith, who the court was told had nine textbooks in her hand, was handed over to the police who arrested and charged her.