Atria Watford shoplifter jailed after attacking staff

Herts Police were alerted that a man had entered the Next at the shopping centre, selected two gift boxes and fled without attempting to pay on May 30.

This was quickly followed by another report on June 2 that someone had entered Victoria’s Secret and collected a perfume box.

A member of staff challenged the man, who then forced his way out of the store and left without paying. After the worker chased him and retrieved the items, they were assaulted by the suspect.

Jordan Clark.Jordan Clark. (Image: Herts Police)

Just two days later, another report came in after goods worth £255.50 were removed from atria Watford Boots, without any attempt to pay.

Jordan Clark, of Charter Place, was arrested yesterday (June 10) and charged with three counts of shoplifting and one count of assault.

The 25-year-old man admitted the acts committed this morning in court. He was jailed for four weeks and ordered to pay £50 compensation.

James Anderson:

On June 4, Herts Police received a separate report that a man had entered Hollister, grabbed several T-shirts and left without attempting to pay.

The force investigated and arrested a suspect yesterday afternoon.

James Anderson, 37, of Charter Place in Watford, has been charged with theft and is due to appear in court this morning (June 11).

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must pay £234 in compensation.

Inspector Dan Jones said: “I hope these findings will reassure both businesses and residents that we take all reports of theft seriously.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and we will continue to target this type of activity.”

“We will continue to work closely with businesses to deter crime and ensure a regular presence in the city centre.”