Knife-wielding Royston thief who targeted Primark and Boots is jailed

Tracy Devonshire, 38 of Field Crescent in Royston, has been jailed for just under a year.

Tracy Devonshire, 38 of Field Crescent in Royston, has been jailed for just under a year. - Credit: Archant

A knife-wielding thief from Royston who went on a crime spree despite being on a suspended sentence has been jailed for just under a year.

Tracy Devonshire, 38, brandished a 14cm-bladed knife while stealing £105 worth of clothes from Primark in Stevenage on June 24.

She also stole cosmetics and other items worth a total of £441.98 from the town’s Boots store on May 14 and 18, and two electric toothbrushes together worth £270 from the chain’s Hitchin branch on May 1.

Devonshire, of Field Crescent in Royston, has been sentenced to a total of 51 weeks and four days behind bars – just shy of a year.

Devonshire pleaded guilty to four charges of theft, one of having a knife in a public place and one of entering Stevenage town centre in breach of a year-old criminal behaviour order.


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She had been sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, in March for a similar shoplifting offence in Stevenage.

Chairman of the bench Kevin Shults, sitting at Hatfield Remand Court, noted that the theft from Primark was Devonshire’s second knife offence.

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He sentenced her to 26 weeks in prison for possessing the blade in public, adding a 12-week consecutive sentence for the theft from Primark and activating the eight-week suspended sentence to make 46 weeks.

An extra 39-day jail term, added due to Devonshire’s failure to pay a previous court-imposed £1,926.20 fine, brought the total sentence up to 51 weeks and four days.

Concurrent 12-week prison terms were imposed for the three thefts from Boots, with Devonshire ordered to pay £711.98 in compensation.

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