A shoplifter stole alcohol and Nike shoes in Widnes and St Helens

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A repeat offender has been placed behind bars for a flying spree through Widnes and St Helens.

Mark Standish used a selection of alcoholic products, as well as designer pet food and trainers.

The 40-year-old was however arrested and later charged with four counts of theft from a store.

He appeared to be sentenced at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday September 15, where he was told jail was the only option for him.

Alan Currums, prosecuting, explained how the theft spree began on March 7, when Standish stole Nike trainers worth £155 from JD Sports in Widnes.

The defendant then moved to Co-op in Widnes on April 11, stealing bottles of liquor worth around £82.

Again he targeted Co-op stores in the city, helping himself to more liquor and pet food bottles worth £125 on April 18.

The crime wave ended on April 26, when he bought vodka, brandy and spiced rum worth £150.44 from the Aldi supermarket on Clock Face Road in St Helens.

The magistrates noted that the offenses were “so serious” that only a custodial sentence could be justified.

This was due to the defendant’s criminal record for theft offences, offenses during a period of post-sentence supervision, the fact that he stole to finance drug use and his failure to comply with non-custodial sentences. of freedom.

His guilty plea having been taken into account, Standish, of East Millwood Road in Speke, was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £308 in compensation.

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