Community service for shoplifting

POSTED: 12/20/12 5:15 PM

St. Maarten – A 39-year-old woman from French Quarter who hopped on a bus with a couple of girlfriends to go out stealing at stores in Philipsburg  in June was sentenced to a 6-week conditional prison sentence and 120 hours of community service in the Court in First Instance yesterday.

Lucia Germain did not appear in court and her case was handled in her absence. Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp said that the woman had been offered a conditional dismissal whereby she would have to perform 80 hours of community service. “She did show up at the intake, but after that she has not been back.”

The stealing girl friends did abide by the conditions and therefore did not have to appear in court.

The women targeted Victor, the Rite Center and Vanity First, where they loaded their bags with bottles of perfume, shampoo and tooth paste.

The prosecutor demanded 2 months imprisonment, but because the woman does not have a criminal record, the court opted for a conditional sentence and community service.

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