A SHOPLIFTER threatened to stab store workers who were preventing her leaving with stolen goods.

Leona Reynolds threatened staff at a convenience store in Ballingry not long after being released from a jail term.

Reynolds, 34, of Lawrence Court, Buckhaven, appeared back in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted that on February 9, at Nisa store, Benarty Square, Ballingry, she shouted, swore, acted aggressively and made threats of violence to two shop workers and struggled with them.

The incident was captured on CCTV and the video was shown to the court.

It appeared to show Reynolds filling up a bag with goods from a food cabinet then trying to leave the shop without paying.

The incident happened at around noon, said depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf.

After being stopped from leaving with the items, Reynolds told staff: “I’ve got a knife, I’ll stab you.”

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett conceded his client had a “substantial” record of previous offences.

She had a “drugs and alcohol problem at the time,” he added.

A friend of Reynolds, Allan White, was fined for his part in the incident, which saw him struggling with a shop worker who was blocking Reynolds’ way out of the store. CCTV showed him briefly becoming involved at the end of the incident.

White, 36, of Ballingry Road, Ballingry, was fined £180.

Sheriff James Macdonald jailed Reynolds for 18 weeks.