Man sentenced for shoplifting and other offences – Reading
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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been convicted of shoplifting and other offences in Reading.
Jack Macklin, aged 32, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of shoplifting and one count each of going equipped for theft and possession of a bladed article in a public place in a hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday (7/11).
The Magistrates ordered Macklin to complete a community order of drug rehabilitation.
Between 11 October and 6 November this year, Macklin targeted the Co-op store, London Road and Vision Express, Broad Street. He also went equipped for theft and possessed a bladed article in a public place in Richfield Avenue.
All of the offences occurred during the day.
Following an investigation, Macklin was arrested and charged on Monday (6/11).
Investigating officer PC Vince Moore, one of the neighbourhood officers for Reading Town Centre, said: “The people of Reading will have noticed a significant amount of work we are undertaking to tackle shoplifting in the town.
“We know the profound impact these offences have on staff, customers and the wider economy and I hope that Macklin’s conviction demonstrates that we will pursue shoplifters and put them before the courts.
“We will work tirelessly to tackle this unacceptable offending and my message to the community is if you have any information about shoplifting, please report this to us, either on 101 or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111. Help us combat retail crime and make stores and high streets across the Thames Valley safer.”