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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Women who admitted conspiring to steal from shops sentenced by Carlisle court

Three women who plotted to steal from Co-op stores have walked free from court.

Amanda Barnes, 41, Sharon Mottram, 44, and 34-year-old Justine Robinson, admitted conspiring to steal goods worth £191 from the two stores in Kirkby Stephen. All three women were given suspended eight-month jail terms by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, said they first went into a Co-op store in Market Street, and stole a variety of goods, including a bottle of Champagne, sirloin steaks, and Thai prawns.

Fifteen minutes later, the women, armed with large bags, were spotted in the town’s second Co-op store on Redmayne Road, where they fled after they noticed that the staff there had become suspicious.

They had been seen lurking in the shop’s drinks aisle, and staff later discovered that at least one bottle of vodka had been taken.

Barnes, of Cork Street, Sunderland, had 116 previous convictions, mostly for shoplifting, while Robinson, of Athol Road, Sunderland, had 70 and Mottram, of Azalelia Terrace South, Sunderland, had 23.

Recorder Philip Grundy told them: “This is your last chance.”

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