Suspended jail sentence for Romanian thief who targeted Clitheroe jewellers

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A ROMANIAN woman who targeted a Clitheroe jewellers and escaped with gold items worth £1,200 has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Blackburn magistrates echoed the views of a district judge, at an earlier hearing, that Seina Sava and another woman had travelled from Manchester with the express intention of stealing.

The judge had described the theft as “a deliberately planned, sophisticated con-trick which was professional”.

Seina Sava (23), of Enva Road, Manchester, pleaded guilty to theft from Nettletons in Castle Street. She was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for one year, and made subject to a curfew to operate between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for 60 days . She was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation.

The other woman is due to be sentenced at Manchester Juvenile Court.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said the two women went into the shop at 3-30 p.m. and Sava took one assistant to part of the shop while her associate asked another to show her some items. She expressed an interest in a purchase and left a £20 deposit and said they would go to the bank and get the rest of the money.

Both women were captured in the area on CCTV and seen to get into a car. That vehicle was stopped on the M6 two days later and they were arrested.

Miss Allan said when they were arrested both women were wearing underskirts which had been altered to form an inside pocket.

At the previous hearing, District Judge Ward said that if the women had previous convictions he would have sent them to prison.

“I take the view this is deliberate, targeted and professional,” sad Judge Ward. “It merits a custodial sentence, but I am reluctant to do that without a report.”

Mr Andrew Church-Taylor (defending) said Sava did not accept that she was a professional shoplifter. “Her role in the shop was the lesser of the two women,” he said.