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Serial shoplifter 'right at top of list'

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

ONE of Cornwall's most prolific "professional thieves" has been caught shoplifting again.

Police said Kelly Fannin, of Falmouth, is one of the worst five shoplifting offenders in the county.

In the summer she served a 16-week sentence for a series of offences which netted nearly £3,000 worth of goods.

The 34-year-old mother of five's defence solicitor claimed at Truro Magistrates' Court she was unable to get a job or make ends meet.

But Inspector Mark Richards, of Falmouth police, said she deserved no sympathy, adding: "Everything she does is premeditated and she is a professional thief. That is how she makes a living.

"There are a number of prolific shoplifters in the county and she is right there at the top of that list.

"I have no doubt she will be caught again within a few weeks."

Fannin, of Kerensa Green, was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for a year, put under supervision for two years, and told to pay £80 victim surcharge.

She appeared before the bench on Thursday with her co-accused, Lucy Wilkes, of Swanpool Street in Falmouth, charged with stealing on October 24. Security staff at Truro's Tesco store became suspicious after seeking them huddled together before mother-of-one Wilkes left carrying a bag.

When challenged outside, it was found the bag, which was foil-lined to combat the alarm system, contained ten computer games.

Arrested, the pair, both with previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the theft of computer games worth £372.87.

Fannin has received two, two-year suspended sentences, a prison sentence and been given a curfew for breaching one and dishonestly handing stolen goods in the past five years for more than 70 offences. Wilkes was told to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £60 victim surcharge.

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