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Co-op store targeted ten times by the same suspected shoplifter

A suspected shoplifter has been charged with ten separate thefts from the same store.

The Co-op shop, in Beckhampton Road, Bestwood, was targeted repeatedly by thieves over the space of four months.

Hundreds of pounds worth of meat, cheese and household items were reportedly taken from the shop’s shelves by the same suspect between April and August of this year.

The store was targeted on 2 April, 19 June, 27 June, 7 July, 12 July, 15 July, 16 July, 13 August, 17 August and 19 August.

During three of these incidents, staff were also reportedly threatened with violence.

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In addition to these offences, three more shop thefts were also reported to police from Co-op, in Mansfield Road, Carrington, and B&M, in Main Street, Bulwell, and Poundland, in Hucknall Lane, Bulwell.  

Cleaning products and household items were taken during each of the incidents, which took place on 23 July, 29 July, and 6 August of this year respectively.

Aaron Lancaster, 32, has since been charged with the 13 shop thefts, along with three counts of using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

Lancaster, of Haswell Road, Bulwell, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (23 August) where he was remanded in custody.

He is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 30 August 2023.

PC Hannah Weeks, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The actions of shoplifters can be hugely damaging to communities and can literally put people’s livelihoods at risk.

“This type of offending isn’t a victimless crime but can in fact cause real misery for local residents who are ultimately impacted by having to pay higher prices as a result.

“Shoplifting is completely unacceptable, as is the abuse and threats of violence some staff often face when trying to confront those they spot trying to steal items.

“We are pleased to have been able to charge a suspect in connection with a string of offences and bring them before the courts.”

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