Woman stole prams from nurseries in Sheffield city centre

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A woman who stole prams from nurseries in Sheffield city centre has been jailed.

Dionne Sharp, aged 28, helped herself to prams from nurseries on Broomhall Street and Brunswick Street, Broomhall.

She was arrested after attempting to sell the them at the Rascal Babies store on Furnival Gate.

Sharp, of Albert Road, Heeley, admitted two offences of theft, handling stolen goods and breaching a suspended jail term.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch told Sheffield Crown Court that Sharp and an accomplice went to the Broomhall Street nursery in July pretending they were looking for a place for their child.

While Sharp was talking to staff her accomplice stole a pram worth £150. He later received a caution after admitting the theft.

Another two prams were later stolen from the Brunswick Street nursery - with Sharp admitting to stealing one of them valued at £140.

Sharp went to Rascal Babies with a stolen pram and pushchair and the owner bought one.

But the thief was arrested in August when she went back to the shop with another pram and the suspicious owner called the police.

When Sharp stole the prams she was in breach of a 13-month suspended jail term imposed in December 13 for burglary with intent to steal, criminal damage and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Recorder Abdul Iqbal said the courts had ‘run out of patience’ with Sharp and activated eight months of the suspended jail term and added on another two months for the pram thefts and handling.