Woman giving criminal record for picking £20 note up off the floor

A woman has been given a criminal record for picking up £20 off the floor and pocketing it.

Nicole Bailey, 23, saw a £20 note lying on the floor whilst shopping, and picked it up and pocketed it. Nicole, who had no previous convictions, was later tracked down by police, and then convicted by the courts on the charge of theft, and now has a criminal record to her name.

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Nicole found the £20 note inside a One Stop in Blurton, Stoke-onTrent. It had belonged to a man who had taken cash out at the store earlier that day, before he dropped it. When he told the store that his cash was missing, they searched and couldn't find it. It was only when police looked through CCTV that they saw Ms Bailey had picked it up.

Initially Nicole denied it, before being presented with the CCTV evidence, at which point she admitted she'd picked up the note for herself.

She plead guilty to theft in court, and was given a conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £175 in costs and charges.

The prosecution said:

"Staff checked the CCTV which showed a female pick up the £20 note from a display in the store. The manager recognised the woman, who was a regular customer."

Simon Dykes, for the defence, said the matter should have been dealt with by a police caution.

He said:

"She didn’t know who the money belonged to. People don’t realise picking up something you have found amounts to a theft. She has been quite naive in doing so."

Police warned that the rule of "finders keepers" was not enforced by law.

Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson, said:

"We would actively encourage any member of the public who picks up money that has been dropped to be honest and do the right thing by taking all reasonable steps to try and find the owner."