Shoplifters jailed after Northampton store staff threatened with bottle and spat at during latest spree at Co-op, Asda and Tesco

Pair admit taking booze and meat from shops, assault on police and possession of drugs

Tuesday, 5th July 2022, 12:17 pm

Two serial shoplifters have been jailed after admitting terrorising staff in a shocking string of thefts and assaults in Northampton stores.

Sarah Louise McCann was sentenced to six months for 12 charges, including threatening a shop worker with a bottle, spitting at staff and assaulting a police officer.

McCann and John Anthony Shaw were caught following two raids on the Co-op supermarket in Semilong in the space of three days last month, taking booze and hot food.

Staff at the Semilong Co-op were targeted by prolific shoplifters McCann and Shaw

McCann also admitted assaulting a Co-op shop worker on June 13 — and threatening another member of staff with a bottle, then spitting on her, at the same supermarket during another raid on March 10.

The 34-year-old, said to be of no fixed abode, also admitted stealing from Tesco in Wellingborough Road and the Asda in Kingsthorpe on dates in March and May this year; taking assorted meat products and bottles of alcohol worth £178.00

She was also jailed for ten weeks for assaulting a police officer and possession of cocaine.

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Shaw, of Kenmuir Avenue, also appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court on June 16 admitting seven thefts from shops between March and June and possession of diamorphine, a class A drug.

The 38-year-old was jailed for 14 weeks in May 2021 for a number of thefts including taking more than £400 in goods from Morrison’s supermarket in Victoria Promenade.

McCann received a suspended sentence at the same time as magistrates decided to allow support from probation services to continue.