A serial offender has been jailed after trying to steal money from a woman’s hand as she stood at a cash machine in Aberdeen.
Catherine Quinn appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday and admitted trying to steal £20 from her victim as she withdrew the notes from the ATM at Morrisons.
The court heard Quinn was with a gang of women as she waited outside the King Street store for a shopper to arrive on Sunday.
Fiscal depute Sandy Hutchison said it was around 5pm when Sarah Smith approached the cash machine and took out two £10 notes.
He said as she was turning to head into the supermarket Quinn tried to grab one of the notes from her victim’s hand.
The court heard Ms Smith refused to let go of her cash, and Quinn eventually left after another woman she was with told her stop.
Police were called after the incident on Sunday and she was remanded in custody.
Sentencing the 27-year-old, Sheriff William Taylor said she had an “absolutely shocking” record.
He said: “It is clear she has waited to pounce on a 21-year-old girl who was away to do her shopping and so it’s hard to have any sympathy.”
He added: “However you regard this, it is an extremely serious matter.”
Quinn, of Regent Court, Aberdeen, was sentenced to three months in prison.