A SHOPLIFTER has been jailed after admitting 14 counts of thefts, including in Worcester.

Laura Whatmore of Windmill Close, Stourport stole toys, confectionery and beauty products worth over £370 from Tesco and plug-in oils and cleaning items worth £100 from B&M. The thefts took place between July and November last year as Whatmore targeted shops in Worcester, Kidderminster and Droitwich. The 32-year-old appeared before magistrates in Kidderminster last Tuesday where she admitted stealing over £570 worth of goods from shops in Droitwich last September, including Wilko, Boots, WH Smith, Peacocks and Savers.

She also pleaded guilty to thefts in Worcester, where she stole vitamins, air fresheners, clothing, fragrances and £900 worth of cosmetics from shops including M&S, Next, Wilko and Superdrug. The offences were committed while Whatmore was subject to a conditional discharge order and a suspended sentence for previous thefts.

Jailing her for 24 weeks, magistrates took it as an aggravating feature that Whatmore was a persistent offender and played a significant role in the group that committed the thefts. We have previously reported how Whatmore has been linked to another persistent shoplifter.

In a single shoplifting spree at M&S in the city’s High Street Kalie Blaymires stole £913 worth of cosmetics, also hitting Wilko and Next stores on the same day. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to 14 thefts in Worcester, Droitwich and Kidderminster, committed at the same time as those of her co-defendant Whatmore. Last November magistrates sentenced her to six months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered her to complete a six month drug rehabilitation requirement and pay £250 compensation to the shops.