Three women who stole from Kirkby Stephen stores given suspended prison sentences (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Three women who stole from Kirkby Stephen stores given suspended prison sentences
5:02pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
THREE women driving home from a "girly weekend" in Blackpool stole from both Kirkby Stephen’s Co-op stores in the space of a quarter of an hour, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
At Carlisle Crown Court the three – all from Sunderland – were given eight-month prison sentences, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to conspiring to steal.
Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans told the court the women first struck at the Market Street shop on the afternoon of March 24, and got away with nearly £40-worth of alcohol.
And just 15 minutes later staff at the town's other Co-op in Redmayne Road noticed them behaving suspiciously in the drinks section.
This time they walked out with more than £150-worth of items in “huge bags” they had taken with them, the court heard.
But one of the staff managed to take the registration number of their car before they left the car park, so police were able to stop them as they passed Appleby, with the stolen property still in the boot.
Mr Evans said the thefts were “not impromptu as many such cases are”, but had shown a degree of planning with both items stolen from both shops on the same day.
It was, he said, a planned exercise “to the extent that they decided to stop at a second store nearby so soon after the first, and that this time they took with them huge bags to carry what they stole.”
The court heard all three women had long criminal records.
Barnes, of Cork Street, Sunderland, had 116 previous convictions, mostly for shoplifting, while Robinson , Robinson, of Athol Road, Sunderland, had 70.
They were sentenced on Thursday.
Sharon Mottram, 44, of Azalea Terrace, Sunderland, was sentenced a day later because she had been helping the police with their inquiries in a separate investigation.
She had 23 previous convictions.