Jayne Rand has been sentenced after building a career out of stealing handbags from department stores and selling them on eBay.
Thought to be the most 'successful' handbag thief Britain has ever seen, the married mum of two confessed after being caught stealing handbag number 905 from House of Fraser in Cwbran, Wales, back in October.
Rand reportedly stole approximately one bag a day for three years and made an estimated £117,171 from selling on the stolen bags, the full-price retail equivalent is thought to be worth over £500,000.
Cardiff Crown Court yesterday ordered Rand to repay more than £117,000 over the next six months or face two years in jail.
Though defence reps told the court she 'bitterly regretted' her actions, Judge Rhys Rowlands told Jane at her bail hearing in October:
"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.
"It's sad and unusual to see a woman of 48 with previous good character up before the court for such a protracted and serious dishonesty."
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