Prolific shoplifter avoids jail sentence

Peterborough Magistrates' Court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court
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A prolific Peterborough shoplifter has been given one more chance to avoid a prison sentence.

Shane Currie (44) of Garton End Road pleaded guilty to four thefts from city stores, all taking place within two months of each other.

This is very much your last chance

Deputy District Judge Dodd

He appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (Friday), where he was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years.

Paul Brown, prosecuting, told the court Currie had 181 previous convictions - of which 132 were for theft.

The latest series of thefts started on January 10, when Currie stole meat worth £70 from Waitrose. He then took a printer from WH Smiths in Bridge Street - although on both occasions he was tackled and the goods recovered.

On February 25 he stole meat worth £42 from Asda, and on February 27 he took perfume worth £178 from Superdrug - and this time the goods were not recovered.

Rebecca Keogh, defending, said Currie had given negative drug tests since his arrest, and was now taking medication for schizophrenia.

Deputy District Judge Dodd ordered Currie to carry out a drug rehabilitation order, and undertake 12 months of supervision from the probation service. He was also ordered to pay £135 costs, £80 victim surcharge and compensation to Asda and Superdrug matching the value of goods he took.

Judge Dodd added: “This is very much your last chance.”