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Woman jailed for series of shoplifting offences in the Water Gardens

Crime / Sat 27th Apr 2024 at 12:29pm

A WOMAN has been jailed for 14 weeks after pleading guilty to multiple shoplifting offences in Harlow.

Alice Tina Smith, 38 of Berecroft, Harlow appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Monday, 22 April where she was sentenced after pleading guilty to seven counts of theft from a shop.

An investigation by Harlow Town Centre team was launched following multiple thefts across shops in Harlow Town Centre over a two-month period.

The first offence was reported on Tuesday, 9 January, after £145 worth of items were stolen from Asda at Water Gardens in Harlow.

Over the next two months, further shoplifting offences were reported including at the Co-op in Maunds Hatch and the Next in the town centre, where a coat was stolen.

Smith was identified as the suspect. Officers located her in Market Square in Harlow in March wearing the coat which had been stolen from Next the previous month.

She was arrested and charged with seven counts of theft from a shop.

After pleading guilty, she appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Monday, 22 April where she was sentenced to seven counts of theft from a shop. 

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7 Comments for Woman jailed for series of shoplifting offences in the Water Gardens:

Nostradamus
2024-04-27 19:38:26

14 weeks in prison cost around £13000. And given the state of the prison system one wonders how effective that'll be? Might there be a rehab and education programme that'll be more effective?

Barrie Tite
2024-04-27 20:48:45

The last paragraph repeats previous info and doesn't really make sense anyway

John
2024-04-27 22:27:06

These repeat offenders should be made to wear a device that sets the alarm off in every shop as they exit. Let the guard search them every time.

Bonnie
2024-04-27 22:34:37

Why are they locking up women so eagerly whilst cases of serious male sex offenders given suspended sentences crop up daily? It's shocking. It's so uneven. The whole justice system is a joke.

Woody
2024-04-28 20:32:25

Norstra. If you do the crime, you do the time.

peter
2024-04-28 23:16:02

Thieves are killing the high street. Its a life choice not to work. Some people who are ill and disabled need help, that's what welfare is for, people who would rather steal than work need punishment. Too many lazy people in harlow.

Dean Wilson
2024-05-01 11:49:30

Bonnie living in a dream land where she thinks that women get harsher punishments than men for equal crime lol. Go look up how long a male predator serves in prison vs. a female predator - compare and then bring back your findings.

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