Shoplifter described as "one-woman crime wave" given two-year Asbo
A PROLIFIC shoplifter described by police as a "one-woman crime wave" has been slapped with an antisocial behaviour order banning her from entering dozens of stores in North East Lincolnshire.
Claire Wilson, 38, of Redbourne Road, Grimsby, has been jailed repeatedly, but has continued to steal – sometimes acting aggressively towards shopkeepers – and has now been handed a two-year Asbo.
As reported, when she was jailed in 2010, the court was told Wilson had an "horrendous" record, with 175 previous convictions, including more than 100 for dishonesty.
The Asbo, which was granted by Grimsby magistrates, bans Wilson from entering the following local stores: Somerfield/Co-op, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's/Jacksons, Spar/Tates, The Factory Shop, Boyes, Pennells Garden Centre, Argos, Poundstretcher, Matalan and Lloyds Pharmacy.
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PCSO Simon Saxby, who works in the town centre, said: "Claire Wilson is a one-woman crime wave. The Asbo should mean that the number of shoplifting offences goes through the floor – she is that prolific.
"Most shopkeepers know her and those I have spoken to are very pleased that she has the Asbo.
"We will monitor her very closely to make sure she adheres to the terms and will be on hand if she breaches it.
"Hopefully she will stay out of the town centre but if she doesn't, she knows that she could potentially go to jail."
PC Jon Hicks, who is targeting shop theft for Humberside Police, said: "Claire Wilson needs controlling as her offences of shoplifting, sometimes aggressively, have increased over the last six months or so.
"She has now, following a period of imprisonment, returned to our communities and I hope that the experience of jail and this Asbo will remind her that she must pay for the goods she wishes to acquire in shops."
However, a spokeswoman for Grimsby's Matalan store said: "I still don't think being banned from shops will stop a shoplifter who steals regularly.
"I think they would ignore the ban and just carry on offending.
"It is important that the security here know who regular shoplifters are, so they can keep an eye on what they are doing in the premises."
The other conditions on Wilson's Asbo ban her from using or engaging in abusive, insulting, threatening intimidating language or behaviour and state that she must leave any shop premises in North East Lincolnshire if asked to do so by an employee.
PC Hicks added: "She fully understands the conditions of her Asbo and we must now see what she does.
"If she does decide to steal again and breach it, she knows what to expect.
"Her conduct towards those who work in shops has not been good in the past and I expect her to completely behave herself.
"If anyone sees her in places where she should not be, or breaching the Asbo in any other way, I want them to report it."
Keep your eyes peeled
If you see Wilson breaching her Asbo, call the police non-emergency number on 101.