Judge warns shoplifter she will go to jail if she’s caught again this year

The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

A 42-year-old shoplifter was told she will be going back to prison if she steals again this year.

Louise Ryan admitted stealing clothing from two shops in Hartlepool.

Ryan was sentenced to a community order by District Judge Kristina Harrison at Teesside Magistrates’ Court,

Prosecutor Paul Downey said Ryan took baby clothing valued at £94.96 from Bonnie Babies shop, and clothing valued at £200 from Morrison’s.

Ryan, 42, of Howard Street, Hartlepool, admitted theft on June 4 and 5.

The court’s liaison probation officer said Ryan is doing well on her existing community order.

John Relton, defending, said he had nothing to add to the officer’s report.

Judge Harrison sentenced Ryan to a community order of six months, 15 rehabilitation activity days, and ordered her to pay £240 in costs and compensation.

The judge told Ryan: “There are offences on your record in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and you have been to prison in the past. If you appear before the court again this year for stealing from shops you know where you will be going.”