‘Serial offender’ jailed for a string of thefts

Holly Pennington
Holly Pennington

Cosmetics, meat and cheese were among the loot of a woman who was jailed for shoplifting.

Holly Pennington, 27, of St Leonards, admitted to stealing hundreds of pounds worth of good from shops across East Sussex. This included stealing sweets, cheese and toiletries from the Esso garage in Kings Drive, Eastbourne, on August 6 last year.

Pennington was jailed for 15 weeks for the string of offences which took place between February 17 and September 2 last year.

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.

As well as the Eastbourne offence, Pennington stole £30.28 of cosmetics from Andersen’s Pharmacy in Old London Road, Hastings, £76.94 of meat from Marks and Spencer in Hastings and £148.22 of cosmetics from Andersen’s Pharmacy in Hastings. She also admitted stealing £250 of meat from Asda in St Leonards, and £373.82 of groceries from Morrisons in Hastings.

In some cases Pennington simply tried to walk out of the store with items without paying for them.

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.”