Woman stole handbags worth over £30,000
posted on 20 March 2010 | posted in Handbag and fashion Articles
A pregnant mum-of-three from Lincoln who was one of Britain's most prolific shoplifters has been jailed by a judge.
Deborah Lamb specialised in stealing designer handbags, taking more than £30,000 worth from just one store in Lincoln over a four-month period.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how Lamb and her husband Daniel sold the items at car boot sales raising cash to pay for a sports car, furniture, a new washing machine and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
They also paid out £1,000 to renew their wedding vows and a £940 deposit on a new conservatory at their home in Lincoln as well as a gym membership.
Lamb wept in the dock as Judge Michael Heath sent her to prison for 12 months and her husband for eight.
She stole exclusively from the Debenhams store in St Marks, stashing Radley designer handbags and dresses into carriers which hung from the bars of a push chair she wheeled around the store.
She was caught in May last year when a member of security staff at the store stopped her as she walked out.
The carriers contained 14 Radley bags worth more than £1,000. Police at first thought it was a one-off theft until they searched Lamb's home and found stacks of stolen hand bags and dresses. Plastic bags containing more stolen items were found in a car outside.
Lamb confessed to shoplifting and admitted she was making her second expedition of the day when she was caught.