Prolific shoplifter who stole chocolate, vodka and washing detergent jailed

A thief who stole to pay off his drug debts has been jailed for 14 weeks.

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 5:00 am

Jamie Churchman of Leete Road, Cambridge, was caught shoplifting 12 times between December 12 and January 11.

The 33-year-old stole chocolate bars worth more than £150, meat, vodka, champagne and washing detergent during his spree which he claimed was necessary to pay off his drug debts.

The incidents took place at Co-Ops in Perne Road and Mill Road, Tesco in Yarrow Road and Cherry Hinton, BP garage in Teversham and Nisa in Capuchin Court.

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Peterborough Magistrates' Court

At Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of shoplifting. He was sentenced to a week in prison for each theft and two weeks for breaching proceedings.

PC Sean Feline said: “Shoplifting has a detrimental effect on not only the businesses involved but the people working within them and the community which they serve.

“Often shoplifting goes hand-in-hand with other issues and I hope Churchman gets the help he needs in prison to prevent him from further re-offending.”