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West Cumbrian shoplifter stole goods to order

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] SHOPLIFTER who stole goods to order during a spree in three Cumbrian towns has been given a suspended prison term.

Albert Robert Newell, 23, teamed up with his partner, Samantha Zoe Conway, to pinch around £80 worth of alcohol and milk from a Whitehaven petrol station on October 20. The pair were caught on CCTV.

During November, Newell then stole £419 worth of spirits from stores in Cockermouth and Workington, on separate dates, before making off with four boxes of washing powder from Whitehaven’s Home Bargains.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Newell, of Pica Cottages, Pica, had admitted stealing goods to order in the grip of a drug problem so he could pay bills and look after a baby. His offending breached a suspended prison term imposed for heroin and cocaine-related crimes.

Newell was sentenced today (THURS) having admitted four shop thefts.

An 18-month jail sentence was suspended for 12 months. He must complete rehabilitation, a drug rehabilitation requirement and observe a three-month night-time curfew.

Conway, 35, of Windermere Road, Whitehaven, was handed a prison sentence earlier this month after she admitted three thefts and two police assaults.

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