Career thief who targeted the elderley jailed.


A woman who was described as a “career thief” that targeted elderly women has today (Friday 11 October 2013) been jailed for 33 months.

Linda Shields was charged with theft after she stole a purse from an 80- year- old woman in the Cool Trader store in Bootle on 15th August 2013.

Unfortunately, her victim lost not only her money and her purse, but also an irreplaceable item of sentimental value.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Linda Shields, who is 50 and from Bootle, was out on licence from prison for a previous theft offence when she targeted her latest victim.

The judge in the case, Judge Goldstone QC, the Honorary Recorder of Liverpool,  said Shields needed to, "change the habits of lifetime" if she was ever to stay out of prison in the future.

He said she specialised in pickpocketing elderly ladies and her offences caused them untold distress and shock.

Martin McRobb, Crown Advocate with the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire, said: "Linda Shields is a prolific pickpocket who has chosen some of the most vulnerable people in our community - the elderly - as targets.

"Her victim in this case was an 80-year-old woman out on a shopping trip. The defendant targeted her, moved in and chose her moment to snatch her purse.

"Unfortunately, the victim not only lost valuables, including £70 in cash, she lost a treasured photo of her Mother and family that can never be replaced.

"Shields has been described in this case as a career thief and the seriousness of what she has done is reflected in the jail term she's received.

"The work of Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service has ensured that this persistent offender is now behind bars."