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Shoplifter jailed for 18 offences in Nottingham city shops and bars

A serial shoplifter has been jailed after stealing energy drinks, clothing and alcohol from multiple shops and a Nottingham bar.

Mohammad Alali pleaded guilty to a total of 18 offences – including 15 thefts and three burglaries – when he was brought before magistrates on Wednesday (1 May).

The 18-year-old’s stealing spree occurred between February and April this year.

He struck at Superdry, at the Victoria Centre, on February 2 and 8 – stealing £650 worth of clothes.

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Later that month, he stole £30 worth of milkshake from Tesco Express in Upper Parliament Street and £40 worth of energy drinks from Morrisons Daily in Ilkeston Road.

In March, he targeted the same businesses seven times. In total, he stole £1,410 worth of products from Superdry and £120 worth of energy drinks from Tesco Express and Morrisons Daily. He also stole £18 worth of clothes from Next in Victoria Centre and £70 of energy drinks from Greggs in Clumber Street.

In April, he committed three burglaries at Slug and Lettuce at The Cornerhouse, stealing alcohol from behind the bar on each occasion. He also stole an iPad from Revolution, also at The Cornerhouse, and a jacket from Bierkeller, in Friar Lane, during the same month.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard Alali was recognised from CCTV by an officer on the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team.

He was arrested on 29 April after he was spotted in Angel Row. He was charged and put before magistrates.

The court heard Alali, of Radford Road, Radford, was on a suspended prison sentence at the time of the offences, having previously been convicted of theft – and that he steals to fund his drug addiction.

He was jailed for 16 weeks after entering the guilty pleas.

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Following the sentencing, Sergeant Jono Pothecary, of the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“It is clear by Alali’s persistent offending that he has a complete disregard for local busineses and orders given to him by the judicial system.

“He is dependent on controlled drugs and uses his offending as a means to fund this habit. We therefore welcome this sentence as it gives him an opportunity to undertake the rehabilitation he requires whilst giving local businesses some much-needed respite from his offending.

“Theft can have a huge impact on businesses and we hope this outcome will show Alali and other shoplifters that our dedicated officers work hard to tackle this type of offending.”

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