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Man jailed for 16 thefts from shops across Nottinghamshire

He was repeatedly caught on CCTV and was eventually arrested on 23rd January 2020.

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A man who stole two legs of lamb, beef joints and steak from a number of butchers has been jailed after a three-month crime spree.

Andrew Merritt, 30, from Cheapside, Worksop was sentenced at Nottingham Crown on Friday 14 February 2020.

He has been jailed for 22 months after pleading guilty to 16 shop thefts across Nottinghamshire from November 2019 and January 2020 where he stole hundreds pounds worth of items.

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Merritt also stole cans of lager, four bottles of spirits, a hoverboard from Halfords, two pairs of wellington boots valued at £270, 12 jars of coffee from Farmfoods, a television from Tesco, a teeth whitening kit from Superdrug, three power charges from Sainsbury’s, as well as clothing in a number of burglary offences.

He was repeatedly caught on CCTV and was eventually arrested on 23rd January 2020.

Police Constable Rachel Andrews led the investigation. She said: “Merritt has a bad drug addiction and was stealing items from shops across Worksop to pay off the debt.

“We are pleased with today’s result and pleased that we can give the victim’s some reassurance that Merritt is behind bars.

“I’m pleased to see the courts recognised the impact this type of crime has on communities and reflected that in their sentence.”

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