Biggest female thief in UK says ‘I’ll nick anything, if I like it, I’ll nick it’

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The most prolific female crook who once admitted she would "nick anything she likes" has ended up in court again after another illegal shopping spree.

Joanne Jones stole six Michael Kors designer handbags which totalled to almost £2,000 during visits to an Ashford designer outlet store over three days last month.

The relentless 45-year-old thief admitted in 2018 that she "enjoyed" stealing and three years later is still going strong with the criminal hobby.

She has continued to add to the crazy 278 charges she had accumulated by the age of 42.

Jones initially targeted the discount store B&M Bargains and the Michael Kors outlet store, grabbing a £199 designer bag on August 12 2012, before going three days in a row to steal five more bags worth £350 each.

She was arrested just two days later and was handed six theft charges and one for cocaine possession.

The infamous shoplifter was spared jail and will now face court in December to see if she will be handed a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

She has been ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation in the meantime, The Sun reports.

Jones was ordered to pay £899 compensation for the stolen Michael Kors and £79.98 to B&M bargains.

The charges will be taken out of her benefits at a rate of £20 a month from January.

CBOS replaced Asbos in 2018 and are meant to be given to the "most serious and persistent antisocial individuals".

If granted to Jones, it would allow the court to impose several restrictions to try and halt the constant offending.

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Every other effort has proved unsuccessful so far and Jones is banned from nearly every store in her hometown of Canterbury, Kent.

The thief was jailed for eight and a half months for crimes committed between March and December in 2017.

On average she commits ten offences per year over the last 25 years.

At a previous sentencing for an unrelated theft, Judge Heather Norton at Canterbury crown court slammed Jones' 'addiction' to shoplifting : "You have an appalling record no matter what trouble you have had in your life.

“You make the decisions to commit these offences."

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The 45-year-old once stole a chocolate bar worth less than a pound from a WHSmith store and ate it in front of shocked shop staff.

She previously said: "I must be a kleptomaniac as well, I just do it for the rush. I'll nick anything. If I see it and like it, I'll nick it.

"I have stolen anything I've felt like.

"I've nicked from pound shops, places where there is no chance of selling anything on to make money. I enjoy shoplifting."

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