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Ipswich: Debenhams shoplifter stole for a third time a day after being caught for her second offence in three weeks

13:19 11 August 2014

South East Suffolk Magistrates

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

Archant

A shoplifter who stole for a third time the day after being arrested for her second offence in three weeks has been given a community order.

Ruslanas Volkovas, of Sirdar Road, Ipswich, stole perfume, cheese, tools and a pair shoes totalling nearly £1,000 on five different occasions.

The 34-year-old was ordered to pay £60 compensation due to her lack of means.

The first theft occurred at Debenhams in Ipswich on June 15.

Volkovas, although with another woman, stole perfume valued at £268.

Two days later, along with the same woman, she took shoes worth £40 from Shuropody in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

One the same Day Volkovas went into DIY store Wickes and tool hand tools totalling £88.14.

Volkovas was arrested in the town centre on the same day after being seen by a street ranger following the circulation of CCTV images from the theft at Debenhams.

Despite her arrest the Lithuanian national returned to Debenhams on July 6 to steal a further seven boxes of perfume totalling £397.54.

She was seen by a member of staff who gave chase after she left the shop. Police were called and Volkovas was arrested again.

A police spokesman said she was charged and bailed to appear before Ipswich magistrates.

However, despite this Volkovas went out shoplifting the following day. She took seven packs of cheese worth £38.85 from Morrison’s in Sproughton Road, Ipswich.

She had been seen to be walking around the store with a bag.

Volkovas then left the shop without passing the tills.

A member of the store staff stopped her when she went outside and her bag was searched.

Volkovas pleaded guilty to five offences of theft from a shop when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

She was given a 12-month community order and told she must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Last week new figures showed there had been more than 13,000 shoplifting offences in Suffolk between 2011 and 2013.

However, the figures had decreased year-on-year as in 2011 there were 4,235 reports, compared with £3,582 in 2012 and £3,510 in 2013.

21 comments

  • There are also British criminals.Deport them too

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    JC

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Miguel, you are so right. I never thought i would be saying lets pull out of Europe, but i am convinced it would be best for the UK, and more importantly, we can get rid of these Europeon crimals benefit scourgers once and for all!!!!

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    keith hawes

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • As the magistrates know, there's no point giving her a hefty fine, as she'll only go out thieving to fund it. We don't want her in prison here at the taxpayer's expense, so the only thing left it sending her home.

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    Alice

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Those who vote Labour, Liberal or Conservative are voting for an open door to the EU. This includes criminals and criminal gangs as there are no border controls.

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    RobbieS

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Not printed again my first post who takes it off and why when it's the truth send her home and the prat from the paper

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    pandy

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • The danger is being unable to say in public what everybody thinks, thanks archant. Let them take everything they are poor!!

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    a west

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Keith , Lets just hope that 99% of UK born population vote for U kip , maybe then the trash from Europe and the rest of the world can be stopped from coming here

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Keith Hawes - i guarantee your post will be moderated , as it is virtually what i said !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Another unwelcome foreigner living here and taking the proverbial pee out of our weak and effete judicial system. Of course the lady is legally allowed to reside in this area because of EU rules. It is long overdue that we strengthen our borders and stop this nonsense.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • With a surname Valkovas, why are we keeping people like this in our country, no doubt on benefits, send her back from where she come from and passport stamped, NO RETURN to the UK, I doubt the Star dare to print this letter, but I'm only reflecting the views of 99% of the genuine UK born population!!!

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    keith hawes

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Its not a sufficient punishment! The CPS should appeal to have it increased! I don't expect she can be sent home while we remain in the EU!

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    Rod

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I love this comments section its more like a lottery will they post my comment won't they post my comment and at the moment the odds on my comments being posted is about the same as winning the lottery so lets roll the dice i haven't mentioned anything about crime and certain groups from abroad

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    Megahman

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • The real truth about shoplifting never comes out ! She was stealing to sell the stuff on to supplement her Benefits . There are many who steal everyday and sell to their friends and neighbours . they do it as its alot less likely to get a custodial sentence and they make more money than burglary etc

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I can only imagine she doesn't get caught every time she steals so with that sort of fine with a little community service it is no incentive for her to stop when she steals £200 to £400 of goods each time. No doubt that the judge will also give her community service work in a shop, a busman's holiday for her!

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    Big Spot

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I had to read this twice...couldn't believe it,what is our justice system coming to?????? If an. Honest citizen were to make a mistake they would get the book thrown at them...Send her and her friend back where she came from, your right we are a laughing stock to other countries.

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    dahlia

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Mister Cynical, it looks to me like she may have an addiction to cheese

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    Liam Dodd

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • The ideal scenario would be to send her back to Lithuania WITH the idiotic cretin who passed such a weak sentence. These do gooders make me sick and mean we as a country are a complete laughing stock. Do you think the Aussie would deal with it in this shambolic fashion???

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    ex ipswich and glad of it

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I wonder what addiction she is afflicted with; weird there's no mention of that. As for those who want the woman deported, could I remind you that we live in a Europe where people are free to live wherever they wish, like you or I.

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I am with evilweazel deport those that keep offending. Our jails are full of them as it is. Why should we pay for them.

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    marlyn

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • What a farce - deterrent value of this sentence ? Having been caught stealing (because that is what "shoplifting" is), she went out and did it again, so not worried about being caught. With that she went and did it again, whilst on bail. So what sort of deterrent is a community order? A few hours community service - I hope not in a charity shop. Ps - where is her photograph?- publishing that MAY be a deterrent.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • For the love of.... Send her home. And I don't mean Sirdar Road.

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    evilweazel

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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