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Harlow shoplifter jailed after breaching suspended sentence order

Crime / Tue 12th Mar 2024 at 08:05am

A HARLOW woman has been jailed for a total of 26 weeks for shop theft and for breaching the terms of a suspended jail sentence. 

At Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 4 March, Sarah Patterson, 43, admitted six counts of stealing from the BP Service Station in London Road, Harlow, between 6 December 2022 and 22 June 2023, and one of stealing from the Co-op in Bush Fair, Harlow, on 27 February 2024. 

Patterson, of no fixed abode, was arrested on 3 March 2024 after officers from Harlow Local Policing Team spotted her in Edinburgh Way, Harlow. They knew she was wanted on suspicion of theft, failing to appear at court and breaching a suspended sentence order.

The court was told Patterson had stolen more than £500 of food items, including meat, plus gin, wine and mixer cans from the two Harlow stores. 

Magistrates also heard she had failed to appear at court in February 2023 after being charged with stealing £49.25 of goods from Matalan in the Water Gardens, Harlow, the previous month. She had also failed to attend appointments, which were a condition of a suspended sentence order imposed by Colchester magistrates on 31 October 2022. She admitted both charges.

Patterson also admitted failing to provide a sample for a Class A drug test in custody.

Sergeant Justine Carron, of Harlow Community Policing Team, said Patterson was a prolific shoplifter with a history of offending.

“Patterson is a serial offender who has shown complete disregard for the judicial system by breaching a court order and failing to turn up at court.

“But, thanks to the keen eyes of one of my colleagues, she’s now had to face up to her crimes and has been taken off our streets and out of our shops.

“It is important to remember that shoplifting is not a victimless crime. Retail staff and customers can be adversely affected by a shoplifter’s behaviour. 

“We want to ensure that Harlow is a safe place to live, work and visit. Since the start of the year, we’ve made 27 arrests for shoplifting across the district.”

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9 Comments for Harlow shoplifter jailed after breaching suspended sentence order:

Bobbog
2024-03-12 09:23:00

Hope her crooked bloke got locked up too

Adam
2024-03-12 11:12:21

Six months will not serve long. Make it 6 years and you might stop it

Bobbognonce
2024-03-12 15:04:49

Poor Sarah I hope she is OK

Voteforme
2024-03-12 18:53:23

26 weeks in prison will cost the tax payer around £40000 i believe. Is this lady really a criminal or has she made bad life choices from which she can't escape. I appreciate that she has appeared previously in YH and there has been criticism of here. Is there an alternative, i really dont know? Had she been caught owing HMRC millions what would have been her punishment

Miss my Sarah
2024-03-12 22:10:37

It is easy to judge sitting in your ivory tower. Had you walked a mile in this girls shoes you may not be so quick to type your condescending comments anonymously from your keyboards. I pray you quickly return to the people who love you Sarah.

Stephen Hawkshead
2024-03-14 00:19:53

Rest well beautiful angel soon enough you will be able to respond to that vapid creature Sergeant Justine Carron, from the Harlow Community Policing Team and its prolific caring and show how you have been adversely affected by the failures of the judicial system and its inability to make Harlow a safe place to live work visit and shoplift even after 27 arrests of non violent low value theft plus public order and traffic arrests so Harlow is a truly safe and welcoming environment for violent sexual and organised crime criminals to flourish while precious resources are squandered using 6 person squads dedicated to chasing down Sarah Patterson and her equals so Sergeant Justine Carron, of Harlow Community Policing Team can defecate tired soundbites and community rousing diatribe instead of providing a return on the training and equipment wasted arresting homeless shoplifters and really naughty people

Sarah
2024-03-14 23:37:56

I am a shop owner in town and have been the victim of shoplifting on various occasions, however I do not feel 26 weeks in prison will help this poor lady. There needs to be more done for the homeless and victims of drug abuse that’s rife in this town to help them rather than locking them up for short stints where they will just go back to the same crimes once released. I don’t condone her behaviour but I also appreciate she’s just trying to survive

Sf
2024-03-14 23:38:51

I am a shop owner in town and have been the victim of shoplifting on various occasions, however I do not feel 26 weeks in prison will help this poor lady. There needs to be more done for the homeless and victims of drug abuse that’s rife in this town to help them rather than locking them up for short stints where they will just go back to the same crimes once released. I don’t condone her behaviour but I also appreciate she’s just trying to survive

Admire shopkeeper
2024-03-15 12:00:03

Shop owner I empathise with your plight trying to build a business and provide for your family and it is heart warming to hear you sympathise with the people causing you trouble and costing you money. Shame more people are not humble and obviously caring about there community like you. I wish I could be half the man you are. Bless you.

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