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Shoplifting drug addict from Inverness sent to prison

By Ali Morrison

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A SERIAL shoplifter stole more than £1600 worth of goods from Inverness stores in the first seven months of this year.

Drug addict Jacqueline Rabbeth was jailed for a total of 27 months after admitting seven charges of shoplifting from Debenhams, Superdrug in Eastfield Way, and Marks and Spencer between January 3 and July 24.

The 29-year-old, of Juniper Gardens, was arrested after stealing a handbag from the Columba Hotel in Inverness on July 24 and has been on remand since July 27.

She pleaded guilty to that theft and admitted a breach of a community payback order.

It was imposed in 2018 after another theft of bedding from M&S in April that year.

Only £434 worth of the goods were recovered.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said: “She has had a drug problem with heroin and crack cocaine and stole to fund her habit.

“Prison is somewhere she can beat her addictions.”

Sheriff Margaret Neilson told mother-of-two Rabbeth: "You have an appalling record for dishonesty."

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