A woman has been jailed after she was caught stealing from revellers’ handbags in a Huddersfield nightclub.
Lisa Rigg was already under a community order for dishonesty offences when two women realised items were missing from their bags while they were in the Camel Club in Byram Court, Huddersfield, around 2am on August 7.
One discovered her iPhone and house keys had gone while the other had lost her mobile phone.
Shortly after a man spotted Rigg reaching towards someone’s bag and slapped her hand away before reporting what he had seen to security staff.
Robert Galley prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court today they detained Rigg as she was about to leave and recovered four mobile phones and a purse worth just over £1,000.
Anastasis Tassou for Rigg said she had been a drug addict for 10 years but had recently been providing negative tests under a drug rehabilitation requirement so it was difficult to know what was behind her offending.
However, she was in shared accommodation through the Wish Foundation with contemporaries who had drink and drug problems and in socialising with them had been drinking.
“Frequently someone battling to overcome one addiction substitutes another crutch,” said Mr Tassou.”
He said that night she had been drinking and had told police she could not recall stealing the items.
“Unfortunately for people in her situation one does expect hiccups along the way,” her barrister added.
Rigg, 28, who address was given as a PO box through the Wish Project in Huddersfield, was jailed for eight months after admitting two charges of theft and asking for three offences to be taken into consideration.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told her: “I am entirely satisfied bearing in mind the number of offences committed, that these were planned and these were serious offences involving property over £1,000.
“It is no thanks to you the property was recovered and it included photographs of children, house keys and, if they go missing let alone bank cards, it causes enormous inconvenience and distress.”
He said court had tried “time and time again” in the past to give her help and support when she committed offences and the current offences were aggravated by her being the subject of community order at the time.
“The time has come when you must understand continued offending will lead to custodial sentences,” the judge.