Sunderland woman jailed after 182 criminal convictions

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A SERIAL thief has been put behind bars after clocking up her 182nd criminal conviction.

Claire MacGarva has been given repeated chances to keep out of trouble but persistently re-offends.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Judge James Goss QC said the 32-year-old had run out of chances and locked her up for two years.

The judge told her: “Every effort has been made by the police, your supervising probation officer and by me to stop you committing crime but regrettably we have failed in our efforts.”

The court heard when MacGarva went on her latest shoplifting spree she was the subject of a drug rehabilitation order, conditional discharge, supervision and a suspended sentence.

She has had continued efforts from agencies attempting to help her turn her back to a life of crime.

The long-term heroin addict had been given a suspended jail term last September but just two weeks later stole a laptop during a burglary at the Sunderland Museum.

Four days after that she stole £12 worth of deodorant from Poundland and £53 of protein products from Holland and Barratt in the city.

On November 29 she stole DVDs and watches worth £311 from Argos and on January 4 was collared taking £35 worth of groceries from the Co-op in Shiney Row.

MacGarva, of Mowbray Road, Sunderland, admitted theft and burglary charges in relation to the offences.

She also admitted thefts of £300 worth of food from the Co-op in Houghton le Spring, £26 worth of food from Iceland and televisions worth £396 from Asda – all committed last summer, before she was given the suspended sentence in September.

Judge Goss told her: “You have demonstrated you are unwilling or unable to stop offending.

“You were warned by me at a previous court hearing a substantial custodial sentence is inevitable.

“Continue and you will end up spending years and years in prison.”

Ian Hudson, defending, said: “Heroin is the catalyst for all her offending.

“She has to pay the price today.”