Family’s ‘Organised Shoplifting Spree’Saturday, 31st January 2015 at 2:15pm
The Derry Journal reports that a grandmother and her granddaughters have been given suspended sentences for an ‘organised shoplifting spree’.
Jessie Powell (65) and her granddaughter Carol Ann Chantelle McElhinney, pleaded guilty to six charges of theft committed in Castlederg and Derry in February last year.
Another granddaughter, Rebecca McElhinney, also admitted one charge of theft relating to an incident in a chemist in Castlederg.
The court heard that the vast majority of stolen items were recovered and fit for resale.
Sentencing the trio, District Judge Barney McElholm said this was an ‘organised shop lifting ring’ and to suggest otherwise ‘was an insult to everyone’s intelligence’.
He added: ‘This was clearly a pre-meditated and organised spate of shoplifting’.
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