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Two women who stole perfume worth almost £500 from a Carlisle department store have been given curfews.

Andreea Dragomir, 30, acted as a lookout as her partner in crime Cristina Radu, 20, removed security tags and then hid the products while they were in the city’s Debenhams store.

At Carlisle’s magistrates’ court, both women admitted stealing perfume worth £491 on October 31.

Pam Ward, prosecuting, said a member of staff at the store noticed the two women acting suspiciously.

The worker saw Radu removing security tags from bottles of perfume before putting them in a bag.

“It appeared that Dragomir was acting as a lookout,” said Mrs Ward.

The defendants were stopped after they left the store without making any attempt to pay for the perfume.

Both women made full admissions when they were challenged.

Anthony Wilson, for both defendants, said they had come to Carlisle from their homes in Newcastle for a sight-seeing visit and they had not intended to steal anything.

District Judge Gerald Chalk said the thefts were aggravated by the fact that the women were working together.

 Dragomir, of Dilston Road, Newcastle, was given a six week community order with an 8pm to 6am curfew, while Radu, also of Dilston Road, Newcastle, was given a four week curfew. Both women were told to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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