A prolific shoplifter is back behind bars after targeting a number of stores on the same street.
Aaron Kelly stole items, including gift sets and cosmetics, from a number of shops in Southchurch Drive in Clifton between 3 and 15 December 2021.
He was arrested thanks to proactive police teamwork including Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated city south Operation Reacher Team which worked closely with neighbourhood policing team colleagues to search multiple addresses using their local knowledge.
Excellent and persistent work by Police Constable Jane Gibson, who arrested 32-year-old Kelly, helped to build the case to bring him to justice.
Kelly, of no fixed address, was charged with 11 thefts, two charges of fraud by false representation and a further charge of using threatening behaviour.
After pleading guilty to offences, he was jailed for eight weeks when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Thursday (16 December 2021).
Clifton’s Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Nigel Bradley said: “Kelly has been responsible for over 50 offences in Clifton over the past two years. Earlier this year he was jailed for 26 weeks following his conviction over 41 crimes which included stealing gift sets, food and makeup.
“Kelly’s persistent offending has had a hugely negative impact upon businesses and the local community so I’m pleased he has been removed from our streets.
“I would also like to thank shops in Clifton who were being continually targeted for their co-operation during our investigation.
“The Clifton Police team support local businesses and respond immediately when incidents are reported to ensure we maintain a good working relationship.
“Working closely with partners and residents, local officers have worked relentlessly to reduce shoplifting offences, including carrying out proactive patrols, as well as giving support and advice to local businesses.
“I hope our ongoing joint effort sends a message that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated and we will continue to work together to reduce such harmful behaviour.”
Nottinghamshire Police is backing a national campaign to protect shop workers from violence and abuse.
The ShopKind campaign, led by the Home Office, unites the retail sector and encourages positive behaviour in shops as well as acknowledging the important role shop workers play in our communities.
The force’s support for the campaign follows a series of successes throughout the county, including a crackdown on shoplifting in Clifton, which saw offences plummet and a number of prolific offenders locked up across the county.
When officers attend reports of shoplifting, they consider other offences, as well as considering the steps they can take to better support the staff affected, including patrols and regular engagement with shop staff.
Officers also work to refer offenders, where appropriate, for rehabilitation and ensure they get any necessary help for issues such as addiction and mental health.
Local teams also regularly work with a variety of university students studying a policing and investigations degree to positively engage with shops. The undergraduates have the opportunity to become a police volunteer and go out into the community.