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Nottingham burglar jailed after 5-week crime spree across the city centre

A thief has been jailed after targeting multiple businesses in a five-week stealing spree.

Raul Marin, aged 23, was caught after a police officer recognised him on CCTV footage.

He first struck at Starbucks, in South Parade, Nottingham, on Christmas Eve last year. After going to use the customer toilets downstairs, he then forced entry into a staff room and stole a wallet and bank cards.

On New Year’s Eve, he struck again – this time stealing £50 worth of wine from the Co-Op store in Middleton Boulevard.

On 3 January, he entered a foot care clinic in Bulwell and stole a £1,500 iPhone.

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Four days later, on 7 January, he stole a £1,000 iPhone after distracting a customer inside a takeaway premises in Bramcote.

And on 25 January he entered a private area at a tattoo parlour in St James’ Street, Nottingham, and stole an iPad.

He was arrested on 30 January after officers from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team tracked him down.

Marin, of Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court the next day and pleaded guilty to three commercial burglaries and two thefts.

He was jailed for 12 months.

PC Abby Pinnock, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Marin’s behaviour shows his complete lack of regard for other people and I am pleased he has been brought to justice.

“His offending had a significant impact on a number of people and I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that he is now behind bars.

“I also hope this sentence sends a strong message to the public and business owners that we will do everything we can to take swift action and arrest those responsible for offences such as these.”

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