Drug-addict mum jailed for two years

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A ONE-WOMAN crime wave is behind bars after clocking up 15 offences to her name in just six months.

Between January and July Stacey Lonsdale, who was out on licence from a previous prison sentence, went on a shoplifting spree, stealing high-value goods to order.

Despite being repeatedly caught by the police, Lonsdale, who was mum to a small baby, was repeatedly given bail, which allowed her to continue.

Even being collared and detained by a brave householder during a break-in in May did not stop the 27-year-old.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced her to two years imprisonment.

The judge said: “There has been a spate of offending.

“The reality is the underlying cause of your offending is your addiction to drugs.

“Imprisonment now is inevitable.”

Londsale, of Waterloo Walk, Sulgrave, already has 71 previous convictions and served five prison sentences last year.

Her latest offending involves thefts from shops including Savers, Boots, Co-op stores and clothing stores in her home town.

She pocketed items ranging from designer glasses worth hundreds of pounds, expensive clothes and high value make up and meats, down to deodorant sprays, air fresheners and headache tablets.

During one arrest in May, she was found to have heroin and class C drugs hidden in her underwear.

Later that month, she targeted a family home at Bede Crescent and crept in while a couple and their children, including a seven-year-old, were sleeping.

The court heard the householder woke up and realised the raider had dropped some of the property she had obviously intended to take.

As he searched outside his home Lonsdale crept back and collected what she had dropped then fled.

The determined householder continued his search and found Lonsdale talking on his grandson’s mobile phone nearby.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court: “He challenged the defendant, saying ‘you’ve just broken into my house.’

“She replied ‘I haven’t, I haven’t’ and refused to return the property.

“The householder was then able to detain the defendant and became aware items of his were in the defendant’s possession, including the phone, his wife’s handbag and other items in a carrier including his seven-year-old’s laptop and 1000 cigarettes.”

Lonsdale told police she had taken 100 valium tablets two days before the raid and was “out of it”.

Her last offence, in July, was handling £140 worth of stolen goods taken from Sainsburys’ supermarket.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Lonsdale has just got out of a long and violent relationship with a man who knocked all of her teeth out during one of his attacks.

Mr Adams said Londsale, who has a one-year-old baby, would be willing to work with the agencies who could help her come off drugs for good.

But he added: “I accept she ticks all the boxes, the right boxes for going to prison and the wrong boxes for staying in the community.”

Lonsdale had pleaded guilty to 12 charges including burglary, theft, handling stolen goods and drugs possession.

She asked for three shoplifting offences to be taken into consideration.

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