Braintree: Shoplifter banned from nine stores for three years
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A prolific shoplifter has been banned from nine separate shops in Braintree for three years thanks to work by our officers.
Matthew McClements committed nine thefts between 11 October and 13 December.
He took things including meat and cheese, tins of dog food, aftershave, a coat, and a plastic storage container.
All but one offence was caught on CCTV and McClements was identified by officers from the Braintree Town Centre Team.
He was arrested on Friday (15 December) and later charged with nine counts of theft.
The 23 year-old of Chaucer Crescent, Braintree was convicted at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Saturday 16 December).
He was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and banned from the following shops for three years:
- Sainsburys, Tofts Walk, Braintree CM7 1XH. - Boots the Chemists, 7 George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, CM7 1RB. - Poundland, 24 George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, CM7 1RB - Peacocks, George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree, CM7 1RB - Braintree Shopping Village, Charter Way, Braintree, Essex - Home Pride, 2 Little Square, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1UZ. - Tesco, Market Place, Braintree, Essex, CM7 - Tesco, Marks Farm, Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8AA - Pets Shop, 2 Little Square, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1UT
Sergeant Andrew Christian, from the Braintree Town Centre Team, said:
“Matthew McClements is a prolific thief who targeted multiple shops over the course of two months.
“Essex is open for business but closed for crime and we take a tough approach shoplifting.
“In the last month, we’ve made nearly 100 shoplifting arrests across the county and in the last year we’ve solved more than 500 more offences – a rise of more than 26 percent on last year.
“Across the Braintree district, shoplifting has actually fallen by 11 percent with 75 fewer incidents reported over the last 12 months.
“This is testament to the hard work we’re doing in this area, and the work we’re doing with businesses and partners to identify prolific offenders and help businesses protect themselves.”
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