Unrelenting Canterbury shoplifter jailed for two years

Contributed by editor on Dec 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM


An unrelenting shoplifter caught stealing from multiple supermarkets across Canterbury has been jailed for two years.

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The 31-year-old Sturry man stole from the stores on 11 different occasions throughout September and October this year, with the combined value of items taken worth over £4,000.

His stream of offences began on 21 September at Sainsburys, Kingsmead Road, where at 12.40pm he walked out with a 32 inch television, in plain sight of staff.

On ten further dates spanning 25 September to 29 October he continued his shoplifting spree, targeting Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer stores. During the offences, he stole various items including joints of meat, ink cartridges, toys, electrical goods and several coats.

All of the offences were caught on CCTV and clearly identified the offender.

He was arrested on 29 October and went on to admit 11 counts of shoplifting. He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 4 December 2019.

Police Constable William Pope, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Joseph Scott was nothing but brazen when he stole expensive goods from retailers across Canterbury, clearly believing he could operate above the law.

‘I hope that this significant sentence serves as a warning to others who think they can carry out such crimes and get away with it.’

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