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Prolific shoplifter who targeted Sainsbury’s West Bridgford 13 times jailed

A prolific shoplifter tried and failed to get away on a child’s scooter after being spotted by police.

Officers from the City Centre Operation Reacher team were patrolling the Clifton area when Mark Diuk rode past.

After a quick check of the system showed the man on the scooter was wanted for 19 separate shop thefts, police gave chase and arrested him in Ruddington Lane.

That good spot last Thursday (21 September) evening came 24 hours after Diuk stole several bottles of laundry detergent from the Co-Op in Wilford Lane, Wilford.

In total, the 36-year-old targeted four different shops during a shoplifting spree that saw him plague the West Bridgford, Clifton, Wilford and Beeston areas between June 2023 and September.

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The shop that suffered most from Diuk’s actions was the Sainsbury’s in Melton Road, West Bridgford, which had items stolen by him on no less than 13 separate occasions before he was caught by patrolling officers.

In addition to these thefts, Boots in Southchurch Drive, Clifton, had items taken three times by Diuk, while Co-Op in Queens Road, Beeston, was targeted once, before the shoplifter struck twice at the Co-Op in Wilford in the days leading up to his arrest.

Officers from the West Bridgford and City South Neighbourhood Policing teams worked closely with the shops affected to identify Diuk as a suspect for the 19 offences, with the intelligence gathered helping Operation Reacher officers spot and arrest him on the street.

Diuk, of no fixed address, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday (22 September), where he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft.

He was sentenced to four months in prison.

Sergeant Louise Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police’s City Centre Operation Reacher team, said: “This was a great example of our different policing teams engaging with frontline shop staff and working with each other to get a good result.

“Thanks to the intelligence gathered by the West Bridgford and City South Neighbourhood Policing teams, we were able to spot Diuk and identify him as the man responsible for these thefts while we were carrying out proactive patrols of the area.

“This teamwork has ultimately allowed us to take a problematic repeat shoplifting offender off the streets and put him before the courts, where he has since been taken into custody, so we’re very pleased with this result.”

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