Shoplifters jailed after staff at Northampton store were threatened with bottles and spitting during latest trip to Co-op, Asda and Tesco

Two serial shoplifters have been jailed after admitting to terrorizing staff in a shocking series of robberies and assaults in Northampton stores.

Sarah Louise McCann was sentenced to six months on 12 counts, including threatening a store worker with a bottle, spitting at staff and assaulting a police officer.

McCann and John Anthony Shaw were arrested following two raids on the Co-op supermarket in Semilong in the space of three days last month, taking alcohol and hot food.

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Semilong Co-op staff were targeted by prolific shoplifters McCann and Shaw

McCann also admitted to assaulting a Co-op store worker on June 13 – and threatening another member of staff with a bottle, then spitting on him, at the same supermarket in another raid on March 10 .

The 34-year-old, who is believed to be of no fixed address, also admitted to robbing Tesco in Wellingborough Road and Asda in Kingsthorpe on dates in March and May this year; take assorted meat products and bottles of alcohol worth £178.00

She was also jailed for ten weeks for assaulting a police officer and possession of cocaine.

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Shaw, of Kenmuir Avenue, also appeared in Northampton Magistrates’ Court on June 16, admitting seven thefts from shops between March and June and possession of diamorphine, a Class A drug.

The 38-year-old was jailed for 14 weeks in May 2021 for a number of thefts, including taking more than £400 worth of goods from Morrison’s supermarket on Victoria Promenade.

McCann received a suspended sentence at the same time as magistrates decided to allow probation service support to continue.