Criminal Behaviour Order imposed on persistent shoplifter
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A prolific shoplifter who admitted 25 thefts and five assaults on staff at a convenience store has been made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after a successful application by Northamptonshire Police.
Richard George Prescott, aged 48, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last Friday, July 16, for sentencing after pleading guilty to the charges at a previous hearing.
All the offences took place at the Co-Op store off Fieldmill Road, Bellinge, Northampton, during May and June this year.
Prescott, of Greendale Square, Ecton Brook, Northampton, stole items including meat, flowers, wine boxes, quiches and pizzas, often returning to the store multiple times on the same day.
On five occasions where staff challenged him, Prescott assaulted them, including threatening one by saying he had a syringe and would stab them, after which he went on to steal coffee pods.
At his sentencing hearing, Prescott was sentenced to 22 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and was issued with a CBO in order to deter and prevent him from committing further offences.
The order, which follows an application submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, means that Prescott is barred from Fieldmill Road in its entirety, and including any premises within the road.
The order will remain in place for two years, and any breach of it is considered a criminal offence.
Prescott was also ordered to complete a range of requirements and sessions to address his offending, and was ordered to pay £350 compensation, with £50 each to three named victims of his assaults.
Investigating officer PC Jamie Longrigg, of the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “This result was a great team effort from our NPT, everyone played their part in ensuring we put a stop to this unacceptable behaviour.
“Prescott had single-mindedly targeted that one shop, and from the staff’s point of view he was causing them a lot of concern because his behaviour was quite menacing towards them and would spill over into threats and violence at times.
“I hope it comes as a relief to the store workers and to the local community that Prescott is now legally prevented from continuing his anti-social and criminal behaviour in this area.
“The CBO prevents Prescott from entering Fieldmill Road and by releasing his photo, we are asking anyone who sees him flouting this order to report it to us by calling 101.”
Richard Prescott is not allowed to enter Fieldmill Road, Bellinge, Northampton - if seen there, call police on 101.