Woman stole 905 handbags

Jayne Rand, of Swindon, England, was sentenced this week to an 18 month jail sentence after shoplifting $200,000 worth of handbags. No kleptomaniac, Rand was such an expert thief that the judge, Rhys Rowlands, felt compelled to remark upon her professionalism:

"How you got away with it for so long without being caught was deeply remarkable. You showed professionalism and that is why you went undetected for so long. You travelled the country with the sole purpose of theft and you made a successful albeit dishonest business of selling stolen handbags. The values are quite outside of what the court comes across even from professional shoplifting gangs."

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  1. The astonishing part is that it worked almost a thousand times. If I was a criminal I think I'd be damn proud of that record.

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  3. She was impressively deliberate and careful with her planning here. Skills like that could have been leveraged for a real career that pays better than £30k/year. I guess this "job" gave her a chance to tour the country though, so that's something.

  4. Does anyone know the full story on this? I read the article and it says that she "got into trouble" and had to steal to compensate. What happened? Did she have a legit business that started to slide and start stealing to get the merch for free? Why did she need to travel all over creation to steal the bags?

    @jandrese - I used to work with a woman who talked all the time about various scams she and her boyfriend wanted to do. They sounded terribly complicated and not that profitable. What was weird was she had a decent job as a receptionist that she barely paid attention to - I mean, all she had to do was answer the phone but she couldn't even do that well. It was odd to me why she was so starved to deceive people. The desire to scam didn't really even seem related to the money.

  5. I'm no psychologist but she likely had the abilities to do something more challenging than being a receptionist, and was dismayed at being stuck in that position (due to lack of education or whatever) and bored out of her mind at work. Not everyone is cut out for drudgery.

    Now, clearly it would be more helpful in the long run to focus her extra mental energy on getting the education or whatever else she needs to get a more intellectually stimulating job. Coming up with fantasy heist scenarios does seem more entertaining, though.

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