A PROLIFIC shop lifter, who stole from premises across Westcliff and Southend, has been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison and has been issued a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order as a consequence of her theft sprees.
Sally Burrows, aged 48, of no fixed abode, received convictions for five instances of shoplifting, one count of assault by beating, and one instance of refusing to provide a sample for a drug test.
The court’s decision to incarcerate Burrows was influenced by her repeated offenses and the nature of her actions.
Notably, due to her consistent engagement in criminal behaviour, a prison term was deemed necessary.
In relation to the assault, Burrows has been directed to compensate the sum of £160 to the victim. Additionally, a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order has been imposed, serving as a prohibition against her entry into several shops situated in the southern region of Essex.
These establishments encompass the Co-op on Sutton Road, Southend; Matalan in Greyhound Retail Park, Southend; Boots Chemist in Churchill Square, Southend; The Range on Short Street, Southend; Boots Chemist on Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff; and Asda in Priory Close, Rayleigh.
PC Alex Plakhtienko, of the Essex Police Business Crime Team, worked with the Crown Prosecution Service to secure the Criminal Behaviour Order.
He said: “We have a duty to protect all victims of crime from repeat offenders.
“And one way we can do this is by applying to the courts for criminal behaviour orders, which are intended to prevent their re-offending and future impact on retail staff.
“This custodial sentence was due to Burrow’s history of theft, and she will face another sentence if she breaches her order.
“Shoplifting is not a victimless crime. Offenders’ behaviour can affect staff and customers in the shops they target.”
Criminal Behaviour Orders are a legal instrument designed to address the persistent and gravely anti-social conduct of individuals who have faced criminal court proceedings.
Breaching the stipulations of such an order constitutes an offense, potentially leading to severe penalties.
Adult offenders found guilty of breaching these orders can face a maximum sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both, as determined by the courts.
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