Serial thief who targeted Sheffield men on nights out then is jailed

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A Sheffield woman who befriended people on nights out before stealing their bank cards and taking cash from their accounts has been jailed.

Rebecca Kerrigan, aged 26, of Spinkhill Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, five counts of shoplifting, six counts of theft and one count of possessing a class B drug at Sheffield Crown Court.

Kerrigan would target unsuspecting men on nights out in Sheffield city centre, in some circumstances befriending them and gaining their trust and in others, watching as they withdrew money from cash machines.

She would then obtain their PIN numbers and bank cards, stealing money from their accounts.

Kerrigan was caught following CCTV enquiries, which showed her withdrawing money from machines. This correlated to the fraudulent bank transactions from the victims’ accounts.

Detective Constable Patrick Allerton, who lead the investigation into a number of Kerrigan’s crimes, said: “I am pleased to say we have a prolific thief off our streets in time for Christmas.

“Kerrigan has repeatedly preyed on members of the public enjoying a night out off their guard, stealing in some cases hundreds of pounds from them.”

Police Constable Andrew Woodruff, who also investigated a number of offences, added: “As well as stealing from individuals, Kerrigan has also admitted stealing from a number of local businesses in Sheffield, taking items from their store with no intention of paying.

“Victims of any theft are often left feeling vulnerable and exposed, and I hope that this sentencing brings them some relief knowing that she is now behind bars.”