Shoplifter who targeted same Peterborough B&M store three times jailed

A man who shoplifted three times from the same shop in Peterborough has been jailed.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 3:44 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 4:55 pm

Michael Thornton (39) of no known address was first caught on June 16 last year when he attempted to leave B&M, in Boongate, with £120 worth of vacuum cleaners. He was challenged and the goods were recovered.

Then on November 4 he successfully managed to leave the shop with a 12 can case of Fosters beer, two board games and a three pack of gloves.

Just a week later he managed to leave the shop undetected, this time with two Bluetooth speakers worth around £40.

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Yesterday (Thursday, March 7) at Peterborough Crown Court he pleaded guilty to three counts of theft from a shop and breach of a suspended sentence, and was jailed for 40 weeks.

PC Fran Draper said: “We take theft seriously, no matter what or how much is taken. Thornton clearly would have continued taking as much as he could get away with had he not been caught.”