Despicable serial crook Jamie Crow is back behind bars after plumbing new depths – burgling a disabled pensioner and stealing from a volunteer inside a church.
Crow had only been out of prison three or four days when she was thieving yet again.
She let herself in through an unlocked door of a multiple sclerosis sufferer in his 70s, but fortunately carers were there at the time and chased her off.
Then, the next day, she went into a Tyneside church looking to steal and helped herself to a bag belonging to a retired teacher who volunteered there.
She then went on to make a series of purchases using the victim’s stolen bank card during a shopping spree.
Now the 28-year-old, who already had 78 convictions on her record, including stealing from a doctor, has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to burglary, theft and obtaining by deception.
Judge Simon Batiste, at Newcastle Crown Court, told her: “You have a truly terrible record for offences of dishonesty.
“These offences were committed three to four days after your release from prison from your last sentence.”
It was around 5pm when Crow went to a bungalow on Meadow View, North Shields, in February this year.
The burglary didn’t last long as carers were present and confronted the thief, meaning she fled empty handed after claiming she just wanted a glass of water.
The next day she was at a Methodist church on Hawkeys Lane, North Shields.
A retired teacher who volunteers at the church had left her handbag at the back of the church hall on a table and Crow stole it.
By the time she realised it was missing and stopped her bank card, Crow had made seven or eight successful contactless payments to the tune of £304, mainly for alcohol and meat.
Crow was already subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time after burgling a doctor’s surgery in North Shields, stealing a doctor’s iPhone and purse.
She also has a previous conviction for trying to walk out of a school with a computer.
For her latest offending Crow, of no fixed address, was locked up for a total of two years.
Mark Richardson, defending, said when she was released from her last spell behind bars she spent money given to her on clothing and drugs.
He added: “She very quickly turned to offending in this way for financial gain.
“She was under the influence of valium when she committed the burglary. It’s pure coincidence the property was occupied by a vulnerable victim, she says.
“She has a full time cleaning job lined up on her release.”