Prolific North Tyneside thief snared again after using tin foil to cover security tags

By Sara Nichol

A serial thief has been snared yet again, this time using tin foil to cover security tags in a bid to steal bottles of booze.

Pregnant Kerry Steele, who has 192 offences on her shameful record, including 92 for theft, was jailed in April 2020 for throwing hand wash at a security guard as she tried to make off with a haul of alcohol from Sainsbury's.

However, soon after her realise in October 2020, the 38-year-old was at it again, this time helping herself to £400-worth of bags from Boundary Mill.

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But the career crook seems to be showing no sign of changing her ways after she appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court this week, having tried to steal booze from Tesco.

Kerry Steele (newcaste chronicle)

Leanne Duffy, prosecuting, said Steele was spotted by a security guard in the Norham Road branch of the supermarket, in North Shields, as she walked towards the exit with two full carrier bags.

"The security alarms were sounded," Miss Duffy continued. "[The security worker] stopped the defendant and noticed there was tin foil covering the security tags on the items in the bags."

The court heard that £231-worth of booze was subsequently recovered from the bags.

Steele, of St Johns Green, in Percy Main, has now pleaded guilty to one count of theft, which happened on January 21 this year.

Magistrates asked for the preparation of a pre-sentence report but Liz Dunbar, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned as Steele had recently lost her 22-year-old son and was not "in a fit state" to be interviewed by the Probation Service.

She added: "Her partner is also in court this morning for other matters and she's not really in a fit state to speak to Probation."

Steele was released on unconditional bail to next appear back before the same court on November 15 for sentence.

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