British woman convicted for 229th time

British woman convicted for 229th time

Penelope Russell, 42, was told by the judge at the Stoke-on-Trent crown court that he had never encountered a woman with so many convictions, the Daily Express reported. In the latest theft, Russell robbed 74-year-old ­Dorothy Hall who was out shopping with her daughter in Tesco in Staffordshire. She stole the ­woman's handbag from her trolley.

She had also robbed another woman of her handbag a few days earlier. The court heard that ­Russell's 227 previous offences included 129 for theft and 52 for fraud.
Judge Paul Glenn said: "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 deserve a rest from you, particularly the female shoppers you so regularly target," he said." Russell was jailed for two years.

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