Reformed shoplifting mother-of-six, 54, who has looted millions of pounds and now lives on benefits says she'll go back to stealing if she can't get a 'big money' job

  • Kim Farry, 54, says she pocketed £2m during a life-long career as a thief
  • The 'millionaire shoplifter' funded designer lifestyle with shoplifting habit 
  • Since changing her ways, she now lives on £1,300 a month in benefits
  • But the mother-of-six says she misses the money and she'll have 'no choice' but to steal again if someone doesn't give her a job

A woman who says she stole nearly £2million pounds of goods during a 44-year 'career' as a professional thief says she'll go back to being a thief again if she can't find a job that pays at least £3,000 a month. 

Kim Farry, 54, who lives in a council property in Fulham, West London says she'll have 'no choice' but to start stealing once more if her job hunt for a 'big money' position fails.

And the mother-of-six, who says she's 'hard-working' and deserves a second chance, says being a celebrity would be just the ticket...because it would help fund the lavish lifestyle of plastic surgery, designer clothes and exotic holidays that she loves. 

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Mother-of-six Kim Farry, 54, from Fulham, put her 45-year 'career' as a professional thief behind her in favour of a life on benefits. However, the former thief says that her £1,300 income from the state isn't enough and if she doesn't get a 'big money' job soon she'll go back to stealing 

Mother-of-six Kim Farry, 54, from Fulham, put her 45-year 'career' as a professional thief behind her in favour of a life on benefits. However, the former thief says that her £1,300 income from the state isn't enough and if she doesn't get a 'big money' job soon she'll go back to stealing 

Plastic surgery, exotic holidays and designer shoes - all perks of a life lived with ill-gotten gains, which Farry says she's tempted to go back to. Farry, pictured above, with some of her haul

Plastic surgery, exotic holidays and designer shoes - all perks of a life lived with ill-gotten gains, which Farry says she's tempted to go back to. Farry, pictured above, with some of her haul

Farry, who says she feels absolutely no guilt about her past crimes, told the Daily Star that job-hunting is difficult because of her past, which saw her life of crime funding designer clothes, plastic surgery and exotic holidays.

She said: 'If I had to go back out there and return to that life, I would.

'If I don’t get a job, then I have got no choice and I will go back out there.'

Farry added that she's tried to turn her life around, saying: 'I just want someone to give me a chance. I would work hard and I’d give anything for a job.'

And her key skills? She says she's trustworthy and a hardworker.

Trustworthy and a hard worker: Farry says she deserves a second chance...but wouldn't just work in a shop to earn money and would need a 'big money' position

Trustworthy and a hard worker: Farry says she deserves a second chance...but wouldn't just work in a shop to earn money and would need a 'big money' position

The mother-of-six still supports her 15-year-old daughter Paris and says £1,300 a month just isn't enough for the pair of them to enjoy life to the full 

The mother-of-six still supports her 15-year-old daughter Paris and says £1,300 a month just isn't enough for the pair of them to enjoy life to the full 

Farry, from Fulham, has been dubbed the 'millionaire shoplifter' but she is now on benefits after giving up her life of crime

Farry, from Fulham, has been dubbed the 'millionaire shoplifter' but she is now on benefits after giving up her life of crime

The 54-year-old, who still supports 15-year-old daughter Paris, appeared on Channel 5’s On Benefits programme in the summer but says being on camera left her open to abuse on social media.

On the show, she revealed the extent of her ill-gotten earnings, saying she could bring home thousands of pounds a month by 'going shopping'. 

She said that she needed £1,000 a week 'to be comfortable' and would only consider crime-free roles if they offered big money.  

'I don't want to work in a shop, it's boring. There is more to me than standing at a till. It's not enough money for me'

She added that the urge to shoplift was hard to quash: 'When I wake up in the morning I think I am going to work. Up until the shops shut I can't relax,' she said. 

'My brain is wired to go out shopping every day and I can't. I miss making all the money and having all the stuff, it was a business as well.'

Kim appeared on the latest episode of Channel 5's On Benefits in the summer, where she revealed she relied on handouts as she can't get a job that pays enough for the lifestyle she's used to

Kim appeared on the latest episode of Channel 5's On Benefits in the summer, where she revealed she relied on handouts as she can't get a job that pays enough for the lifestyle she's used to

She said on the show that she misses being able to spoil her daughter by giving her all the latest fashions and gadgets.

She said: 'Being on benefits with a 15-year-old daughter is hard work. A lot of her friends come from well-to-do families and money is not a problem. Kids want to keep up with another with fashion and all that. 

'It is a bit awkward as I was getting her clobber, every week it was like Christmas for her.

 'I don't want to work in a shop, it's boring. There is more to me than standing at a till. It's not enough money for me'

'Before if she saw something she wanted she would have it. I would go and get her jeans, tops; she had the lot.'

But Kim hopes there is one career that could be lucrative for her - escorting. 

She applied to join a 'high-end' escort agency as she believes she would be perfect for the role.   

'All you are doing is escorting them to places; there is no sex involved,' she explained.

'I just thought I like entertaining, I like to make people laugh and I can talk about a lot of things. It can't be that hard.'

However, she was disappointed to find that that the agency she applied to was so 'classy' they wouldn't take her own due to her criminal record. 

The mother-of-six continues to support her teenager daughter and said it is difficult to give her the latest fashions now she doesn't shoplift

The mother-of-six continues to support her teenager daughter and said it is difficult to give her the latest fashions now she doesn't shoplift

Kim says she needs £1,000 a month to cover all her costs including beauty treatments and her love of shopping for clothes and shoes

Kim says she needs £1,000 a month to cover all her costs including beauty treatments and her love of shopping for clothes and shoes

As previously reported by MailOnline, Kim says she first stole aged just nine, when she saw her single mother struggle to bring her up, as well as her eight siblings.

After she went unchallenged as she took a haul of groceries from a supermarket, she says she began stealing food and toys on a weekly basis.

At 14 she was expelled from school and despite two youth detention sentences she decided to make shoplifting her full-time job at 16, disguising herself with wigs or make-up to avoid being caught.

Out of work: Single mother-of-six Kim Farry, 54, pictured withdrawing her £250-a-week benefits, lives rent free in a flat in Fulham and says that only a job paying £36,000-a-year will do

Out of work: Single mother-of-six Kim Farry, 54, pictured withdrawing her £250-a-week benefits, lives rent free in a flat in Fulham and says that only a job paying £36,000-a-year will do

Kim has tried applying for jobs as an escort as she thinks it will suit her and pay well

Kim has tried applying for jobs as an escort as she thinks it will suit her and pay well

'I used to nick a load of stuff then go and have a cuppa with the security guards, that's how good I was. 

'When I had been doing it for a few years I realised it was more about attitude than anything else. I could steal anything,' she said.

On one occasion she says she even managed to steal a cooker with the help of an accomplice and a van, but reportedly made much of her money by stealing from designer clothing shops and having other women return the items for vouchers or credit notes.

She then sold these on for half the price, but would also make money by shoplifting to order.

After she married in her 20s and started a family of her own, Ms Farry even trained up her three eldest children to help her once they turned 12, she told the newspaper.

She says she was stealing items worth as much as £7,000 a month, taking home nearly £50,000 a year after paying her accomplices.

But although Ms Farry said she turned to crime to support her family, it also caused the breakdown of her marriage and when she was sentenced to one of her jail terms her three eldest children were sent to live with her father. 

 

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