Worthing shoplifter targeted Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Co-op

Joanne Cook stole a total of £6,672.07 worth of items in 17 different incidents in Worthing between March 4 and June 1.

She took items including food, jewelry and alcohol.

She has now been imprisoned and banned from several stores in the area.

The stores Cook targeted during his shoplifting spree were:

  • Sainsbury’s, Lyon Farm, Sompting
  • Paydens Pharmacy, Broadwater
  • Tesco Express, Goring Road,
  • Coop, Test Road, Sompting
  • Cooperative, Tarring Road
  • Tesco, Dominion Road

Cook, of no fixed address, was arrested on June 4 and later charged with 17 counts of shoplifting and five counts of breaching a criminal behavior order (CBO).

She pleaded guilty to all 17 offences.

The 35-year-old was sentenced to 52 weeks’ imprisonment when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on June 5 for the 17 incidents and for activating a suspended sentence.

She had been sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 24 months when she appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on April 27 for six shoplifting offenses committed between April 10 and 26.

The conditions of its CBO are:

  • Do not remain in a business premises in Sussex County after being asked to leave
  • Do not enter a co-op in Sussex
  • Do not enter Sainsbury’s, Lyons Farm
  • Do not enter a Tesco store in West Sussex
  • Do not enter Morrisons Daily, Broadwater Road
  • Do not enter Martins/McColls, Broadwater
  • Do not enter the Paydens pharmacy.

Sergeant Andy Bryant said: “This is a brilliant result for a prolific shoplifter in Worthing.

“Our teams worked hard to secure this conviction for Cook and I am delighted with the outcome which helped curb his offending.

“No shop worker should have to deal with theft and Sussex Police has a tough stance on commercial crime. We will arrest, charge and bring suspects to court.

“Retail crime has a huge impact on businesses and we will work to ensure we crack down on thieves like Cook. »

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The arrest and charging of the offender sends a clear message to those who steal from retailers in Sussex: you won’t get away with it. Our improved store-to-police approach means it’s only a matter of time before you’re arrested.