‘Tourist thieves’ targeted Magherafelt and Cookstown

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TWO women, described as “tourist thieves” by the District Judge, appeared at Magherafelt Magistrates Court on shoplifting offences at Magherafelt and Cookstown.

Bernadette McCann (44) and Toni McMahon (26), both with Belfast addresses, were each sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 21 months for theft, going equipped, handling and dealing in stolen goods.

The court heard that businesses targeted were Next, Peacocks, Poundstretchers, Sally’s Hair and Beauty and New Look with goods to the total value of £1,684 stolen.

The offences were committed in March 11 2011 and sentencing had been deferred from a previous court to monitor the defendants behaviour.

Passing sentence, Judge Desmond Perry remarked that the two defendants were “totally dishonest people.”

He said they were tourist thieves who came to towns like Magherafelt because their faces were too well known in their home city.

Mr Perry warned them that if they committed any further offending of this nature, there was a high likelihood they will serve the sentences.