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Gum thief comes unstuck in court

AN ELMDON Heath thief found himself in a sticky situation after he stole more than £150 worth of chewing gum.

AN ELMDON Heath thief found himself in a sticky situation after he stole more than £150 worth of chewing gum.

Christopher Mann, 29, formerly of Greenland Rise, Solihull, has been jailed for eight months.

Last Thursday (July 8), he appeared at Solihull Magistrates - after stealing £73 worth of gum from WHSmith’s in Mell Square.

Court heard that he had also stolen £84 worth from Sainsbury’s, in nearby Poplar Way, on June 13.

Appearing at the court, just hours after the second offence, he was given a four-month sentence for the thefts and four months for breaching his CRASBO.

The shoplifter had received the CRASBO in November last year, following 42 thefts - mostly from stores in Shirley and Dorridge.

Under the terms of the order, Mann was prohibited from entering these shopping areas for a two-year period.

But on June 24, he visited the BP petrol station, on the Stratford Road, Shirley. He made off with £40 worth of coffee and toiletries from the station.

He was already on bail for breaching the order when he was arrested for the theft offences.

 

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