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Shoplifter stole over £2,500 of Wilko products in spree that went on for months

A prolific shoplifter who stole thousands of pounds worth of items has been locked up.

Dean Earl carried out a string of thefts during a stealing spree that lasted several months.

The 40-year-old targeted the same Wilko store in Carlton Square, Carlton, on three separate occasions.

In total, he walked out with more than £2,500 worth of items, following visits to the store on 16 January, 16 March and 22 May of this year.

Earl, of Conway Road, Carlton, also stole £200 worth of items and carried out an assault during a separate shop theft at B&M in Victoria Retail Park, Netherfield, on 17 April 2022.

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Officers from the Gedling South neighbourhood policing team arrested Earl following his latest offence and he was charged with four counts of theft and common assault.

Having pleaded guilty to the charges, Earl appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 1 June 2022, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Sergeant Rebecca O’Connor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Earl is a prolific shoplifter who has consistently shown no regard for the law by repeatedly stealing.

“This was perfectly emphasised by the way he consistently targeted the same store on multiple occasions, with little or no thought for the consequences of his actions.

“Retail crime can often be seen as a victimless crime but this is certainly not the case and can have an impact on people’s livelihoods.

“Thanks to the tireless work of our officers, we were able to bring Earl before the courts and I’m pleased to see that he has been convicted and has now received a custodial sentence.

“It really should go without saying but there is absolutely no place for this type of behaviour in our society, so I hope that Earl uses his time in prison to reflect on the way he’s living his life.”

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