Prolific shoplifter took goods worth £816 from Boots

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A prolific shoplifter went into Boots in Clitheroe with two large bags and removed £816 worth of cosmetics and razor blades.

Blackburn magistrates heard the empty shelves were noticed by staff and CCTV footage showed Diane Caswell helping herself.

Caswell (39), of Briars Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to theft and two charges of breaching an Anti-social Behaviour Order. She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison. A charge of theft of razor blades from Booths in Clitheroe was withdrawn.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Caswell had 118 previous offences, many of them shoplifting. The anti-social behaviour order banned her from a large number of named stores, including Boots and Booths in Clitheroe.

“She went into Booths in breach of the Asbo,” said Miss Allan. “She went to pick up some razor blades but saw she was being watched and stopped.”

The offence in Boots was committed a week later.

Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said Caswell was subject to a six month prison sentence imposed after she was caught taking heroin back into prison after a two day release.

“She is not due to be released until March,” said Mr Taylor. “She accepts stealing from Boots but she feels the value would have been more like £150. In order to take £800 worth of goods she would have needed two trolleys.”