Serial thief with over 200 BELIEF jailed after stealing £2,000 designer handbags

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Gavin Newton took a Gucci bag and a Balmain bag, worth a total of £2,300, from the Flannels store in Newcastle by removing the security tags and handing them to an accomplice, who hid them in his own bag , on December 21 last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he was arrested after CCTV was checked due to anomalies in the stock and he was identified from the footage.

At the time Newton, of Hudson Road, Sunderland, who has 211 convictions on his record, was out on bail for stealing three handbags, worth a total of £379.99 from TK Maxx.

Gavin Newton.

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And while awaiting sentencing for the offences, the 42-year-old walked out of the Aldi store in Seaburn, Sunderland with £282 worth of meat and toys, without paying.

He later admitted to the theft charges.

Judge Julie Clemitson said the theft of designer bags from Flannels was ‘organized and planned’ and added: ‘You must have had some sort of tool to remove the security tags and obviously your role was the main of the two.”

Judge Clemitson added that even if only two items had been stolen from the Flannels store, their value would have had an impact on the business.

The judge said Newton had a “horrendous” record and sentenced him to 15 months behind bars.

Annalisa Moscardini, defending, said Newton was working with authorities to solve his drug problem, which he wants to overcome.