Shoplifter jailed after stealing goods worth £1,600

Shoplifter found with a ‘de-tagging’ device (centre) concealed within her bra when she was finally caught shop lifting

Shoplifter found with a ‘de-tagging’ device (centre) concealed within her bra when she was finally caught shop lifting. Stores targeted included Tesco at March (left) and Tesco Extra, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant/Police

A woman who stole alcohol and handbags worth more than £1,600 from four shops - including Tesco stores in March and Wisbech - has been jailed.

Lorraine Williams, 48, stole 16 bottles of spirits worth £540 from Tesco in Hostmoor Avenue, March, on Sunday January 17.

She was captured on CCTV using the de-tagging device to remove security tags from the alcohol.

The next day, the 48-year-old targeted Tesco Extra in Cromwell Road, Wisbech, and stole a trolley full of spirits amounting to £180. 

Williams was arrested at the Tesco Extra store at Serpentine Green, Hampton, on Monday (January 18 ) after police received reports of shoplifting.

She was questioned by store security after she attempted to leave the shop with a trolley containing a blanket concealing alcohol and household items worth £720.

Williams had entered the store, headed straight to the homeware section and selected a blanket and other items before moving on to the spirits isle and placing five bottles of Smirnoff vodka and two bottles of wine in her trolley.

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Covering all the items up with the blanket, Williams then exited the store without making any attempt to pay, however she was stopped by the eagle-eyed security guard.

Police were called to arrest Williams who was found with a ‘de-tagging’ device concealed within her bra.

Williams, of Crowland Road in Eye, appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (January 19) where she admitted three charges of theft - including stealing a Ted Baker handbag worth £180 from John Lewis in Cambridge on October 3 last year.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.