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'Prolific' shoplifted jailed for 18 weeks

Malvern Editorial 25th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A ‘PROLIFIC shoplifter’ has been jailed for 18 weeks after stealing meat from a Malvern supermarket.

Rory Jones pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (July 17) after taking the products from the Co-operative retail store in the town.

Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said: “At 2.20pm on May 2 he went into the shop, selected the items and concealed them in his jacket.

“He left the store without paying for them but was identified from the CCTV and was arrested by police. He made full admissions in his interview.

“From his record you can see he is a prolific shop lifter with 49 conviction from 105 offences.”

The 38-year-old, of Lowesmoor in Worcester, was given a 12-week suspended sentence for theft on August 20 last year which was increased to 16 weeks on October 10. He was also given a two-week prison term suspended for 12 months on March 14.

Defence solicitor, Paul Stanley, told the court Jones had secured himself a place in a rehabilitation centre in Birmingham which he would lose if he was sent to jail.

He said: “He has never had the opportunity or the motivation to want to go to rehab before but he is now fully motivated and will be going into rehab next week.

“He has been on drugs for 20 years and has been in custody and out and back into custody again.”

Chair of the bench, Jo Hodges, activated both suspended sentences ordering him to serve 18 weeks in prison and gave him a two-week term in custody for the theft from Cooperative to be served along side the others.

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