Pregnant supermarket pickpocket is jailed

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A pregnant pickpocket has been jailed for six months for her latest crime spree at a Morrisons supermarket.

A part-time judge told 21-year-old Saida Goral he was not prepared to give the young mum a community sentence despite her condition as her behaviour had been “deplorable.”

A court heard Goral has been convicted of many thefts and other dishonesty offences since moving to the UK from Poland in 2005.

Goral was arrested at the Morrison’s store in Heckmondwike on February 28 this yea after security staff followed her as she targeted two vulnerable elderly women in the store. Goral was arrested along with her sister Angelika, but she has since gone on the run and a warrant is out for her arrest.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Goral’s usual method of deception was to go “dipping” into victim’s purses and handbags while another person creates a diversion.

The court heard the first victim was distracted as Goral tried to reach into her handbag. The pensioner moved away before she could steal anything so she targeted another victim.

Goral, of Heath Terrace, Bradford, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempted theft. Jailing her, Recorder Kershaw said: “The way you have acted since being in the UK is nothing but deplorable.

“You are a mother yourself and although it is an important fact to bear in mind you should have thought about that before you decided to commit these offences.”

Recorder Kershaw told Goral she had deliberately targeted vulnerable victims.

He said: “It is no coincidence that both of these women were elderly.

“All people walking around the supermarkets doing their shopping, elderly or otherwise, must be protected from people like you who have no regard for other people’s belongings.”