Persistent shoplifter jailed after breach of criminal behaviour order in Chelmsford

A persistent shoplifter who breached a court order banning her from drinking in public just weeks after it was imposed has been jailed.

Kerry Arloff, 33, was jailed for 24 weeks at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, on Saturday February 24.

On Monday February 19, she was seen to be drinking alcohol in public in Chelmsford – in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) prohibiting her from doing so.

The next day, Tuesday February 20, she entered a Tesco store in Moulsham Street, selecting a bottle of alcohol from the shelves before leaving without paying.

That same day, she was again seen drinking alcohol in public in Chelmsford in breach of the CBO.

She was arrested on Friday February 23 and remanded to court.

Arloff was made the subject of a five-year CBO on January 29 – imposing conditions intended to prevent her from committing further acts of public anti-social behaviour and theft.

Under the order, she must engage with a rehabilitation programme to address substance misuse and not be in possession of an open container of alcohol in public.

Conditions also prohibited her from entering any Co-op or John Lewis stores in the city of Chelmsford.

During her court hearing on Saturday, Arloff, of Nickleby Road, Chelmsford, admitted theft from a shop and two breaches of the CBO.