Shoplifter, 26, stole a £25 coat from Primark on her way to court

Darlene Mullen (pictured) lifted the jacket from the High Street store as she made her way to Perth Sheriff Court to be sentenced on other shoplifting charges

Darlene Mullen (pictured) lifted the jacket from the High Street store as she made her way to Perth Sheriff Court to be sentenced on other shoplifting charges

Darlene Mullen (pictured) lifted the jacket from the High Street store as she made her way to Perth Sheriff Court to be sentenced on other shoplifting charges

A shoplifter stole a £25 coat from Primark on her way to court and asked security staff to put the tags in the bin for her.

Darlene Mullen lifted the jacket from the High Street store as she made her way to Perth Sheriff Court to be sentenced on other shoplifting charges.

She was wearing the stolen coat when she arrived at the door of the court on Wednesday – and asked court security staff to put the tags in the bin for her.

But Mullen, 26, had already been spotted on CCTV and was recognised by her distinctive red wellington boots so she was arrested on the court steps.

The court was told on Wednesday that she was unable to appear because she had been arrested a short time before her case called.

Yesterday Mullen appeared from custody and admitted stealing clothing from Primark on 19 September, while she was on bail.

She also admitted being in possession of 100 pounds worth of heroin when she was arrested and sentence was deferred for reports. Sentence was also put off for a week in the cases which were due to be dealt with on Wednesday.

Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told the court: ‘The item was valued at 25 pounds.. When the accused was arrested at court yesterday she was wearing the jacket.

‘Although it was not in a re-saleable condition, I doubt she still has it.’

She said Mullen, from Perth, was also carrying five wraps of heroin worth around 100 pounds when she turned up at court.

Mullen (pictured), 26, had already been spotted on CCTV and was recognised by her distinctive red wellington boots so she was arrested on the court steps

Mullen (pictured), 26, had already been spotted on CCTV and was recognised by her distinctive red wellington boots so she was arrested on the court steps

Mullen (pictured), 26, had already been spotted on CCTV and was recognised by her distinctive red wellington boots so she was arrested on the court steps

Co-accused Natalie Radunski, 22, from Perth, also appeared from custody alongside Mullen and admitted stealing items of clothing from Primark on Thursday.

Sheriff Gillian Wade told them: ‘Both of your records are appalling. I am going to remand both of you in custody.’

A court source said: ‘It takes some nerve to stop off on the way to court to steal a jacket because you haven’t dressed warm enough to cope with the storm.

‘It was absolutely tipping down when they arrived at court and Darlene hadn’t even taken the label and price tag off the jacket she had stolen.

‘To hand the tags over to the security staff on the door at the court might not have been the brightest idea she ever had.

‘There was already an alert out for her after she was spotted leaving Primark and her bright red wellies made it pretty easy for the police to identify her.’

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