A thief who preyed on young mothers and elderly victims in city centre shops has been jailed for 14 months.
A judge told Denisa Rafaelova she should be ashamed of herself for targeting vulnerable victims to feed her drug addiction.
Rafaelova stole a handbag containing £100 from a woman in a Poundland store as the victim was with her three-month-old daughter on May 16.
The next day she stole a handbag belonging to another mum who was with her child in the Trinity Complex. Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting, said the bag had been hanging from a pushchair when it was stolen.
On May 18 she managed to steal another bag containing £80 and a mobile phone from a mum shopping in the 99p Store. Later the same day she took a bag from a woman who was shopping in Poundland with her four children.
Rafaelova, who has a long history of committing dishonesty offences, was spotted on CCTV footage which showed her targeting victims as she was pushing a pram. She was arrested at her home but fled. A police officer who helped chase and detain her suffered a broken thumb during the struggle.
Rafaelova was released on bail but continued to commit offences. She stole handbags on four occasions from elderly victims shopping in the Marks & Spencer food hall.
Rafaelova, of Lascelles Crescent, Harehills, pleaded guilty to eight offences of theft, one of attempted theft and escape.
Mark Foley, mitigating, said Rafaelova, a pregnant mother-of-two, committed the offences to pay drug dealers who supplied her with heroin.
Judge Geoffrey Mason, QC, said: “You targeted those who have children and are easily distracted and you as a mother ought to be ashamed of that. You are, I’m afraid, a thoroughly dishonest woman.”