Woman jailed for stealing 905 designer handbags

A woman who stole 905 designer handbags has been jailed for 18 months at Newport Crown Court.

Jayne Rand, 48 and from Wiltshire, was eventually caught at a shopping centre in Cwmbran.

The court heard she went into department stores around the UK, stealing almost one handbag a day over three years.

Jayne Rand stole handbags worth £135,000. Credit: Wales News Service

Rand admitted stealing 905 handbags and four purses between December 2009 and December 2012. She also admitted converting criminal assets from 838 handbags.

The Crown Prosecution Service said: "Jayne Rand is an unusually prolific shoplifter, responsible for a very large number of thefts from stores around the country over a prolonged period. She was finally brought to justice thanks to eagle-eyed staff at the House of Fraser store in Cwmbran."

"When police searched her car and home, the scale of her criminal activities quickly became clear. Through proceeds of crime legislation, we are now actively seeking to ensure that Jayne Rand is not able to retain any financial benefit from her criminality.”