Jailed: Stevenage thief who continued stealing while on bail

Katrina Watkinson, 28, of Buckthorn Avenue in Stevenage, has been jailed for 22 weeks.

Katrina Watkinson, 28, of Buckthorn Avenue in Stevenage, has been jailed for 22 weeks. - Credit: Archant

A prolific thief from Stevenage who continued stealing while on bail has been jailed.

Katrina Watkinson, of Buckthorn Avenue, was subject to a community order during the string of thefts in Stevenage and Hitchin over the past two months – with some of the offences committed while on police and court bail.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft when she appeared before magistrates at Hatfield Remand Court, with bench chairman Sharon Korek sentencing her to a total of 22 weeks behind bars.

The court heard that Watkinson stole goods worth £216 from Hitchin’s Superdrug store on August 9, then stole £820 worth of toothbrushes, razors and shavers from two Hitchin shops on August 17.

On September 22, she stole £31 worth of items from a Stevenage supermarket. Three days later, she stole goods from three other Stevenage stores worth a total of £150.26.


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In addition to the jail term, Watkinson must pay a total of £1,035.98 in compensation for the stolen items.

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