East Sussex Shoplifter JAILED

An East Sussex woman who repeatedly targeted businesses has been jailed.

Rona Colvin, 40, of St Helens Crescent in Hasting, was charged with 11 counts of shoplifting and one count of assault for offences between 23 December and 10 February.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 12 February, Colvin was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment having pleaded guilty to all offences.

Colvin targeted Hastings Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Primark, and Trespass, and stole more than £1000 worth of items, including ski jackets and chocolate.

On one occasion, she also assaulted a shop manager who tried to prevent her from stealing.

Sergeant Jo Seabridge, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Colvin is well-known for her previous criminal history in the area and this result demonstrates our commitment to disrupt repeat offending.

“Tackling business crime is a key focus for police. We continue to work in partnership with local businesses and organisations to address the issue and provide support.”

If you have been a victim of business crime, report to police online or via 101.

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