Woman jailed for thefts in East Sussex

Holly Pennington. Picture supplied by Sussex Police

Holly Pennington. Picture supplied by Sussex Police

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A woman has been jailed for 15 weeks for repeatedly stealing food and groceries from businesses in East Sussex.

Holly Pennington admitted stealing hundreds of pounds worth of shopping including meat, cheese and cosmetics from shops and garages in Eastbourne, St Leonards and Hastings.

The offences were committed between February 17 and September 2 last year. In some cases Pennington simply tried to walk out of the store with items without paying for them.

When the 27-year-old appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 22 she pleaded guilty to six counts of theft, one count of failing to answer bail and one count of committing offences while the subject of a conditional discharge.

The shoplifting offences involved the theft of:

- £30.28 of cosmetics from Andersen’s Pharmacy in Old London Road, Hastings, on February 17

- £76.94 of meat from Marks and Spencer in Priory Meadow, Hastings, on April 25

- £148.22 of cosmetics from Andersen’s Pharmacy in Old London Road, Hastings, on June 2

- £250 of meat from Asda in Battle Road, St Leonards, on July 9

- Sweets, cheese, toiletries and other items from the Esso garage in Kings Drive, Eastbourne, on August 6, and

- £373.82 of groceries from Morrisons in Queens Road, Hastings, on September 2.

Pennington, of Warrior Square, St Leonards, was jailed for 15 weeks.

Detective Constable Mark Waughman said, “Pennington is a serial offender who already had more than 30 convictions for theft before she committed the latest offences.

“The sentence shows that the courts will not let offenders off lightly even when the thefts are not of items worth huge amounts.

“Thefts from businesses are not victimless crimes. They put the jobs of Sussex people at risk and we will not tolerate them.”