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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle woman in court for crime number 345

A thief with around 350 crimes to her name has been back in court shortly after being released from jail.

Theresa Helen Cook, who had nearly 350 offences on her record in December, appeared before magistrates in Carlisle for shoplifting.

She admitted taking Ariel liquid gels, worth £9.18, from the Spar on Petteril Bank Road in Harraby, Carlisle on Friday.

The court heard how a member of staff told the manager that something had been stolen the previous day and, when the CCTV was checked, it showed Cook hiding the gels on her person then paying for a chewy bar and leaving the shop.

Police were called and Cook, of Greengarth, Upperby, was later spotted walking on London Road. She was searched and arrested.

Defence solicitor Martin McAllister told district judge Gerald Chalk that Cook had recently been released from prison and had “no benefits and no money”.

“She stole to buy food,” he said. “This is an endless merry go round.”

He said she had no money for weeks and ended up stealing. He said she asked for the theft of a bottle of gin to be taken into account when sentenced.

When Cook was last in court, also for shoplifting, the court heard how she had an “horrendous record”, with 243 crimes of theft and similar offences, and a total of 344 crimes.

She was jailed for 80 days last month and yesterday fined £60 for the thefts, and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge. She was also told to pay compensation to the shop.

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