Saturday, November 08, 2008

Polish pickpocket targeted 83-year-old

A POLISH pickpocket, who targeted an 83-year-old North Lincolnshire woman, had a string of previous theft convictions both in the UK and her native land, a court heard.

Marta Rudzinska (22), of Lilac Avenue, Scunthorpe, admitted two theft charges.

Recorder Paul Johnson revoked two previous community orders and jailed her for 10 months at Grimsby Crown Court.

He told her she had 'a dreadful record of criminality'. And, he added, she had been given 'chance after chance' by courts in Poland.
"When you came to this country you resumed what you had left off in Poland. The time has now come for you to pay the penalty," he said.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said Rudzinska went to the Lakeside, Scunthorpe, branch of Currys on September 11. She picked up a webcam, removed the security tag, and left the store without paying. She was, however, stopped outside.

"She was found to be in possession of the stolen webcam," Mr Evans said.
Rudzinska was granted bail but, just two days later, she committed the second crime, which involved an 83-year-old woman shopping in Bargain Madness in Scunthorpe.

"The woman had her handbag in her shopping trolley. Rudzinska has approached, unzipped the complainant's bag and then taken her purse and some ?85 that it contained," Mr Evans said.
The theft was caught on CCTV and Rudzinska was later identified and arrested. Mr Evans told the court she was currently subject to 'a wanted notice' that had been issued by a Polish court.

Richard Lunn, for Rudzinska, said his client had turned to drugs when she was unable to find employment and this had led to the offending.
Mr Lunn said Rudzinska was not an uneducated young woman and, when she was not using drugs, she had the desire to make her way in the world.