Last chance saloon for serial store thief

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A “HABITUAL shop thief” who stole £210 worth of alcohol from a supermarket a week after being released from prison has avoided being put back behind bars.

Victoria Wilson, of Thatham Street, Sunderland, snatched 10 bottles of Jack Daniels from an Asda store in Hebburn last month.

The 27-year-old was caught in the act by in-store CCTV cameras and later arrested by police.

Wilson pleaded guilty to shop theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that Wilson had only been released from a 13 month jail term on May 22 – seven days before her raid at the store.

District Judge Helen Cousins said Wilson’s previous record did not give her “an awful lot of hope” but agreed to give her one last chance.

She was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for nine months.

She was also ordered to be the subject of a two month curfew, between the hours of 2pm and 9pm each day.

Judge Cousins said: “Your record doesn’t give me an awful lot of hope but I will give you this opportunity.

“There will be a prison sentence of six months – but it will be suspended for nine months.”

Wilson was also ordered to pay a reduced compensation of £30 due to her lack of means.