A woman has been jailed for shop theft in North Tyneside.
Natalie Knighting, 34, of North Road in Wallsend, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for sentence on Friday, June 20, after pleading guilty to shop theft.
A previously imposed suspended sentence was activated, resulting in a 12 week prison sentence, and she was sentenced to an additional two weeks for shoplifting. In total she was jailed for 14 weeks.
She was charged with stealing groceries from Asda at Station Road in Wallsend, which happened on Thursday, June 19.
The sentence comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.
North Tyneside Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: “We’re continuing to do everything possible to tackle shop thieves and this sentence should send out a warning to others that they can expect to be dealt with for their actions.
“Shoplifting may seem like a low level offence but it has an impact on everyone in terms of jobs and prices. And those arrested could end up with a criminal record which may impact on their future, and in cases such as this, result in a prison sentence.
“As part of Operation Soundwave we continue to work with retailers in shopping areas across North Tyneside to prevent offences from taking place and identify those who do commit crime.”