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Man jailed after stealing high-value aftershave from John Lewis Nottingham

A man has been jailed after he was caught trying to steal a bottle of designer aftershave.
Joshua Fournillier spent several minutes walking around a store pretending to shop for a new fragrance.

After spraying himself with different scents, he called a staff member for help and put the box in his pocket when their back was turned.

Fournillier then bit off the security tag and made for the exit of John Lewis, in Nottingham city centre.

However, store security intercepted him and found a bottle of aftershave worth £117 in his possession.

This happened around 10.20 am on Monday (10 June), with the 29-year-old taken off the shop floor to a staff room and the police called.

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Once in the holding room, Green became aggressive and punched a door – smashing the glass and causing around £1,000 worth of damage.

When he was searched in custody, he was also found to have a sharp hand tool.

Fournillier would go on to be charged with separate counts of theft, possessing a pointed article in public, and criminal damage.

He admitted to each offence at a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (11 June).

Fournillier, of no fixed address, was handed an immediate 16-week prison sentence, while also being ordered to pay £100 in compensation.

PC Simon Jones, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Shoplifting offences like this one are a blight on the community, and are unfair on shoppers who spend their hard-earned money on items.

“Fournillier would’ve known very well that what he was doing was wrong, but he still decided to do it anyway.

“He spent several minutes walking around this shop pretending to be looking for items to buy, and even called a staff member over to help him as part of this.

“Of course, what he was actually after was the high-value bottle of aftershave he’d pocketed, but thankfully his attempts to steal weren’t as slick as he thought, and he was spotted by security.

“His behaviour after he was detained, in terms of smashing a window and acting aggressively, was completely unacceptable, as was his decision to carry a sharp hand tool.
“We’re pleased to see Fournillier has now been punished for his actions, and genuinely hope he uses his time in prison as the wake-up call needed to turn his life around.”

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