Prolific thief stole jeans from Sheffield Marks & Spencer store

Gemma Shaw
Gemma Shaw
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A woman stole five pairs of jeans from Marks & Spencer in Sheffield - breaching a suspended sentence for breaking into her cousin’s home in an attempted burglary.

Gemma Shaw, aged 33, of Loy Close, Greasbrough, Rotherham, walked out of the Fargate department store with the jeans worth £168 on February 7.

Shaw was planning to sell the jeans but was stopped after being seen leaving the store without paying.

The goods were recovered and Shaw admitted the offence in an interview with the police.

The court heard Shaw has 26 convictions for 38 previous offences, the majority of which were related to thefts and dated back to when she was a teenager.

Her latest crime was a breach of a suspended sentence handed to her in November after she broke into her cousin’s house on Treefield Close, Wingfield, Rotherham, with an unidentified man in June.

A member of the public reported seeing a man and woman kicking the door of the property in to gain entry.

The court heard she was found in the house with a laptop inside a bag apparently about to be taken away.

In November, Judge Sarah Wright issued her with a 15 month prison sentence suspended for two years and gave her a 12 month supervision order.

Prior to the burglary, on June 7 last year, Shaw had been caught driving whilst disqualified and had in her possession a small quantity of heroin.

The court heard Shaw had been remanded in custody for around five months between the date of the burglary offence and the time when she was sentenced in November.

She had been in prison for a further month between the time of the latest shoplifting offence and her date in court this week.

Dermot Hughes, representing Shaw, said she was getting support to help her with issues of drug abuse and would receive further help on her release from custody.

Recorder Duncan Smith gave Shaw a community order with a 20-day supervision requirement in relation to the shoplifting offence.

He also increased her period of supervision under her suspended sentence by one month. She was given one day of imprisonment for driving while disqualified and drug possession, and six penalty points were added to her driving licence.