Canvey: Persistent shoplifter jailed after breaching Criminal Behaviour Order
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A shoplifter who flouted a court order put in place to protect businesses from theft has been jailed for more than two years.
Sean Napper, 41, admitted acting in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) when he stole energy drinks and alcohol from a shop in Canvey Road, Canvey, in December.
He was made the subject of the order in April last year, with strict conditions attached banning him from many stores in the Canvey area.
The order is in place for five years and was implemented following Napper’s conviction for similar shoplifting offences.
But on 10 December, he entered a Co-op store, in Canvey Road, leaving with an energy drink and making no attempt to pay.
Days later, on 27 December, he entered the same store before leaving with bottles of wine valued at £60.
We apprehended Napper on 27 December after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to attend a scheduled drugs assessment and breaching the CBO.
Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 28 December, he admitted two counts of breaching a CBO and two counts of theft from a shop.
Two suspended prison sentences, imposed for previous offending, were also activated.
Napper, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a total of 26 months imprisonment.
'We do all we can to bring shoplifters to justice'
Officer in the case PC Ryan Knibb said:
“In a statement read to the court, the victim spoke of the frustration and fear Napper caused staff to feel through his consistent shoplifting. “Shop staff go to work to pay their way in society, earn a living and provide good customer service. “They absolutely do not deserve to fall victim to such selfless and brazen criminality. “We do all we can to bring shoplifters like Napper to justice. “Where we are seeing a pattern of offending, CBOs are a vital tool which allow us to swiftly deal with shoplifters when they reoffend. “Napper may well have thought he could act without repercussions. This sentence proves him wholly wrong. “He will spend time behind bars and shop staff in Canvey will hopefully take some degree of comfort from that fact.”
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