Bury St Edmunds shoplifter warned of prison

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A Bury St Edmunds shoplifter has been warned he will go to prison if he steals again.

Gareth John Lockwood, 42, of Springfield Road, was sentenced at Bury Magistrates’ Court last Friday (January 30) after having previously pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman told the court on September 1, last year, Lockwood stole two bottles of vodka and a bottle of gin from Waitrose, in Newmarket.

The bottles of spirits, valued at £69.09, were recovered.

Lockwood also stole a Ben Sherman jacket, valued at £125, from Debenhams in Bury on November 29, last year.

“He tried to de-tag it and then put it over his own coat before walking out of the shop without paying for it,” said Mrs Cappleman.

Lockwood was stopped by staff and tried to push past them but was restrained. The jacket was recovered, but it was damaged, she said.

In mitigation, Jeremy Kendall said: “Last year, all his offences were shoplifting and drunk and disorderly. Alcohol had become a real problem but underneath that was depression and problems with anxiety.”

“Certainly it seems that he needs a helping hand at this juncture,” he added.

For both offences, Lockwood received a 12 month community order with supervision and alcohol treatment. He was ordered to pay Debenhams £125 in compensation.

Presiding magistrate David Stevens told Lockwood: “Next time you will need to bring your toothbrush because you will be off to prison.”