‘Professional’ thief is jailed

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A 24-year-old man has been sent to prison for 36 weeks after going on a shoplifting spree that was centred in Hucknall.

Callum Baxter, of Crabcroft Farm, Awsworth Lane, Kimberley, committed 19 offences inside only three months, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard.

District Judge Morris Cooper heard that the “number and nature of the offences shows that the defendant was operating as a professional criiminal.

“The offences were aggravated by his record of previous offending.”

Baxter committed a variety of offences, which included stealing beer, worth £20.98, from the Booze Buster off-licence on Nabbs Lane, Hucknall on 1st May.

He also stole wine, worth £6, from the Co-op store on Portland Road, Hucknall, on 10th May and stole meat, of a value unknown, from the Co-op store on Portland Road, Hucknall, on 28th May.

Further offences included stealing meat, worth £50, from the Aldi store, off Nottingham Road, Hucknall, on 20th June,

Baxter, who used to live in Hucknall, pleaded guilty to this catalogue of shoplifiting:

His punishment for these additional four offences was included within the 36 weeks’ imprisonment.