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Woman who stole 'crystal sphere' and attacked police officer is spared jail

A thief who stole an expensive crystal sphere, was caught with cocaine and assaulted a police officer has avoided jail.

The Crystal Labyrinth store in Ironbridge was among those targetted by Ann Boden. Photo: Google.

Ann Boden, aged 45, faced justice over a string of crimes committed in Telford.

She carried out a series of thefts from shops in the town, stealing items including beauty products, Ted Baker perfume, alcohol and a "dark sphere" crystal worth £210.

Shops that she targeted included Poundstretcher in Madeley, Tesco in Madeley, B&M Bargains in Telford town centre, Co-op in Donnington and the Crystal Labyrinth Store in Ironbridge.

On the same day that she stole spirits from Tesco, Boden assaulted a woman in Telford.

More recently, Boden attacked a police officer and was found to be in possession of cocaine on December 7.

Boden, of Ketley Park Road, Telford, pleaded guilty at Kidderminster Magistrates Court to five counts of theft, one of common assault, one of possession of cocaine and one of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

She was handed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Boden was also ordered to pay money back for the items she stole. Forfeiture and destruction of the drugs was also ordered.

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