Shoplifter returned to prison after nine more offenses

A prolific thief has been sent back to prison after flouting a court order banning him from a local supermarket.

Nathan Smith, aged 29, was given a criminal behavior order in January last year banning him from three supermarkets in Mansfield after stealing from them several times.

Smith, who has several previous convictions for shoplifting, pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and breaching a criminal behavior order.

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Smith, of Ruddington Court, Mansfield, flouted the order on May 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 and 25 by stealing hundreds of pounds of alcohol and electrical items from Tesco supermarket in Jubilee Way.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, he was jailed for 20 weeks.

Members of the Mansfield Neighborhood Policing Team are currently targeting a relatively small number of prolific offenders responsible for a disproportionate number of shop robberies in the town.

Where possible, officers go to court for criminal behavior that may restrict the movements and behaviors of offenders – banning them from certain places and prohibiting them from taking certain actions.

Inspector Kylie Davies, Mansfield District Commander, said:

“Shoplifting is a scourge for local businesses and store staff, and remains a key local priority for my officers.

“Criminal Behavior Orders are a hugely effective way of holding people like Smith to account and we are working to achieve more all the time.

“As he has just discovered, the courts take a very dim view of people who ignore them and are likely to send them straight to prison. »