‘Fagin’ mother ran family shoplifting firm

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A SECOND daughter of a “Fagin” mum who ran a lucrative family shoplifting firm has been put behind bars.

Dawn Bainbridge led a family business that saw her and her daughters steal thousands of pounds-worth of clothes from high street stores across the North and sell them on Facebook.

Their company – ‘Designer Goods North East’ – took more than £7,000 in online payments in just four months, had detailed sales records and even a debters’ book and, in a note seized by police, Caitlyn Bainbridge boasted of making £100 a week and dreamed of going it alone.

At Newcastle Crown Court last month Judge Sean Morris jailed Dawn Bainbridge, 47, for 30 months and daughter Claire, 21, for 20 months.

Caitlyn, 19, pictured, was today sentenced to 16 months behind bars.

The judge told her: “This was a professional, criminal family firm.

“You played your part, you were the banker, you were the marketer, you went out on some trips as well. “Thousands and thousands of pounds worth of goods were taken in professional, planned shoplifting expeditions and professionally marketed by you on your own Paypal account and with money being withdrawn to distribute amongst the directors of the firm, your mother and your older sister.”

Jamie Adams, defending Caitlyn, said yesterday: “The whole scenario is reminiscent of something Dickens would write about.

“Fagin comes to mind in the form of her mother.”

The family stole from stores in Leeds, Bradford, Guiseley, York, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Stockton, Bishop Auckland, Durham, Gateshead and Edinburgh.

Their operation was uncovered by an investigator for high street chain Next, who bought clothes and proved them to have been stolen.

When police raided the family home, on The Crescent, West Rainton, in March, they recovered goods stolen from Next, House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer and elsewhere worth nearly £7,000.

But still the thieving continued. Police seized a further £900-worth of stolen goods in June.

All three Bainbridges admitted conspiracy to steal.