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Prolific Biggleswade shoplifter jailed

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A prolific shoplifter who targeted stores in Biggleswade has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty at a hearing at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday (17 June).
 
Kelly Smith, 37, of Reynolds Court, Biggleswade, was sentenced after a three-week spree of thefts between 23 May and 14 June, in which she targeted numerous shops and supermarkets across Biggleswade and surrounding areas. Smith stole various items ranging from air fresheners, perfumes and other household items, to alcohol and a large quantity of food.
 
When challenged by employees of a supermarket in Bonds Lane, Biggleswade on 2 June, Smith became aggressive and made all attempts to evade them, including biting one of them on the hand.
 
At court Smith was sentenced to over six months imprisonment for ten counts of theft, one count of attempted theft and one count of assault.
 
PC Aiden Howarth, from the Central Community team, said: “Our team is dedicated to keeping our residents and local business owners safe.
 
“Smith has not only repeatedly stolen from local shops and supermarkets she has targeted these stores during a challenging time with no regard for the safety of the stores’ employees or customers. We are satisfied with the court’s decision to impose a custodial sentence and hope Smith will spend the time reconsidering her life choices.
 
“We are continuing to ask our residents to report any concerns about issues in the area as we treat each report seriously and work hard to ensure we tackle those issues that cause most impact to our communities.”
 
If you have any concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area report via the online reporting centre or by calling 101.
 
In case of emergency or if the crime is still in progress always call 999.
 
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Louise Ross (Police, Communications Officer, Bedfordshire)

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