`Worst female criminal` jailed for 229th offence

A 42-year-old woman thief here has been convicted for her 229th offence.

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2011, 22:46 PM IST

London: A 42-year-old woman thief here
has been convicted for her 229th offence, with a flabbergasted
British judge calling her the "worst female criminal" ever
seen by him.

In the latest theft, Penelope Russell targeted
74-year-old Dorothy Hall who was shopping with her daughter,
stealing away her handbag from her trolley, the Daily Express
reported today.

Few days back, she had also robbed another woman of
her handbag.

Convicting her for her 228th an 229th offences, Judge
Paul Glenn told Russell that he had never encountered a woman
with so many convictions.

The court heard that Russell`s 227 previous offences
included 129 for theft and 52 for fraud.

Judge Glenn told Russell, "You have a truly appalling
record. I have never seen a female offender with so many
convictions."

"You are a professional criminal and the public
deserves a rest from you, particularly the female shoppers you
so regularly target."

PTI

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