Man, 32, sentenced for repeated shoplifting offences
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A man who stole 37 joints of meat from a Co-op in Northampton and electronic items from a town centre store has been sentenced to just under two years in prison.
Nathan Bettles, 32, of HMP Peterborough, ended up with more joints of meat than a butcher when he went into the store in Barry Road, Northampton, on eight separate occasions between November 13, 2020 and December 4, 2020.
On each occasion, he stole up to six joints of meat, totalling 37 joints in total. On one occasion, he also stole a packet of apple pies and a milkshake.
Bettles was also sentenced for an offence on October 17, 2020, when he went into HMV in Northampton town centre where he attempted to steal a Blu-ray boxset worth £69.99. He was further sentenced for a theft of a vape device from a market stall in town on the same day. Both items were recovered by police.
As a result of a joint investigation by PS Tor Lindsay, PC Nicky McAllister and Police Staff Investigator Sophia Perveen, Bettles was sentenced to 23 months in prison when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court last week.
Police Sergeant Tor Lindsay, from the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Nathan Bettles is a prolific shoplifter and we are very pleased that he has been given a decent sentence in prison for his many crimes.
“People work hard to buy things like electronics and food for their family so it is imperative that when someone like Nathan Bettles tries to take these things brazenly, without paying, that we act swiftly and with an attitude of zero-tolerance.
"I hope that Bettles uses his time in prison to reflect on his behaviour in order to make better choices when he is released.”