Mum had £21,000 of stock stolen from Portsmouth’s Ann Summers store

EVIDENCE Some of the clothes found at Walker's house, inset, the Ann Summers store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
EVIDENCE Some of the clothes found at Walker's house, inset, the Ann Summers store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
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A SINGLE mum was caught with £21,000 worth of goods stolen from Ann Summers in her home.

Officers found 12 large cardboard boxes piled high, full of underwear and other clothing when they raided Kerryanne Walker’s house.

RAIDED The Ann Summers store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

RAIDED The Ann Summers store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

It was part of a £70,000 haul stolen from the store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

The 37-year-old had kept some of the underwear for herself, which police found in her wardrobe and there were black bags full of discarded packaging from other items.

Mum-of-four Walker admitted handling stolen goods when she appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.

As reported in The News at the time thieves spent three and a half hours on the night of October 30 clearing out the shop.

Unemployed Walker, who gets about £1,200 a month in benefits, said she agreed to store the goods without realising they were stolen at first.

Sarah Jones, defending, said: ‘It was a one-off committed by a defendant for whom there was little or no benefit.

‘She has had a difficult life. She knows she has got to pay for what happened.

‘Her remorse is genuine. She will live every day regretting this.’

Recorder Stuart Jones QC handed her a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Walker, of Rowlands Walk, Southampton, will have to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £565 in court costs.

Recorder Jones said: ‘This is a very serious offence. I accept that you are remorseful. I am aware you have children.

‘The difficulty is that an intelligent person must know something of the risk that she is taking in the involvement in a case like that.

‘I want you to be in absolutely no doubt about it; any kind of meddling in villainy of this sort and with property of this value, I want you to know that a prison sentence is waiting for you, hanging over your head.’

Solomon Dixon, 22, of Woodhurst Gardens, Southampton, is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court in July in connection with the burglary.