While a 15-year-old girl wept in court as she admitted a HK$2,478 all-day shoplifting spree, her unemployed mother, who was arrested with her, denied she had anything to do with the offences. The girl's shoplifting occurred at Ikea, Toys 'R' Us, 7-Eleven and Zoey and Bear. From Ikea she stole two black tables worth HK$89.90, a HK$99.90 mirror and lamps. From Toys 'R' Us she took a HK$109.90 Disney Ariel doll, a HK$224.90 remote-controlled helicopter and three shopping bags. From Zoey and Bear she took a HK$380 toy bear, while from 7-Eleven she pilfered a copy of Sudden Weekly magazine and two bottles of orange juice. The girl, a Form One student, pleaded guilty in Eastern Court yesterday to four counts of theft. Her unemployed mother, 37, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to the same counts, with which she was jointly charged. The court heard that when police arrested the girl, she admitted she stole everything and said her mother knew nothing about the items because she was taking care of the girl's younger brother and sister. The girl said she stole the items for her and her family's use, the court heard. Acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the case for sentencing in a juvenile court on July 30 and ordered a report on the suitability of placing the girl on probation. The mother, who denied the Toys 'R' Us, Ikea and Zoey and Bear thefts, was remanded to reappear in court on August 7 for a pre-trial review of her case. The girl was initially arrested for the Zoey and Bear theft. On the evening of July 18, a saleswoman at the Hong Kong Station store saw the girl enter Zoey and Bear with her mother and her younger sister. They shopped separately. The girl placed the HK$380 bear in a plastic bag and left without paying. She then met the others outside the shop, the court heard. But the saleswoman followed them onto a Tung Chung-bound MTR train and told the girl she had not paid. When the mother told the saleswoman to leave them alone, the saleswoman called police. Later, police found the girl with her mother, who was holding bags containing some of the Toys 'R' Us items, and the younger daughter, who had a trolley containing some of the Ikea items. Police arrested the girl, who admitted she had stolen the bear and the other goods. The mother was arrested later.