Black Friday shoplifter who’ll spend Christmas behind bars mocked over mugshot
A Black Friday shoplifter is being mocked online after appearing shocked in her mugshot as she faces Christmas behind bars.
Maria Smith, 39, stole clothing and perfume gift sets worth £363 just weeks after being released from jail.
But despite being familiar with the justice system, she still looked shocked in her mug shot.
Vicki Louise asked: "Why does she look so shocked?"
Joseph Kennedy-Pinnock said: "Looks like she still caught by surprise."
Another social media user quipped: "Not sure why she looks so surprised. She'd just come out of prison."
Smith, who said she lived on a caravan site in Hull, East Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to theft at York Magistrates Court.
Prosecutor Martin Butterworth said she had only been released from jail a couple of weeks ago for breaching a court order imposed for a previous offence.
After police arrested her, she claimed she had gone into a department store in York city centre with the "intention of doing some Christmas shopping.
Once inside, she realised she had left her credit card in the car and went out to get it – with the shopping she hadn't paid for.
However, the district judge Adrian Lower told her that he didn't "believe for one moment that your credit card was in the car" as he jailed Smith for 16 weeks.
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He added: "If it was, you would have taken it with you into the shop.
"You deliberately came to York to steal. It was just dishonesty and it is travelling here to be dishonest in York."
But Smith isn't the only criminal to have gone viral for a shocked expression.
Meth user Riley Sage Weiss, 22, appeared wide-eyed in her mugshot too – which is hardly surprising considering she was found with a glass crack pipe up her bum.
However, some criminals go viral for their clothing rather than their face as these felons really couldn’t have planned a worst t-shirt to wear for their mug shot if they tried.
While anything they say may be used as evidence, lucky it’s not the same case for their attire.
One man is snapped smiling as his shirt reads “Trouble finds me”, while another is seen wearing a shirt that says “Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult".
Other shirts read “How to outrun a cop,” “Out on bail,” and even “Nobody’s perfect".
However, some of the more ridiculous read “American’s Most Wanted” and “I’m probably lying".
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