A persistent shoplifter has been jailed for eight months after stealing more than £150 worth of chewing gum.
Solihull magistrates yesterday lost patience with Christopher Mann, previously of Greenland Rise in Solihull, who has a string of thefts against his name.
Mann stole £84 of chewing gum from Sainsburys in Poplar Way, Solihull, on June 13 and was arrested yesterday (July 8) after snatching a further £73 worth from WH Smith in Solihull’s Mell Square.
He appeared at Solihull Magistrates Court later in the day and was given four months’ prison for the thefts and another four months for breaching a CRASBO.
The 29-year-old received his CRASBO on November 24 last year following 42 thefts – largely shoplifting offences in parts of Shirley and Dorridge – and wasn’t due to expire until the same day in 2011.
It was breached on 24 June when Mann nipped into the BP garage on Stratford Road, Shirley – an area he was prohibited from entering – and made off with coffee and toiletries valued at £40.
Solihull Police officers spotted him on July 3. He was arrested and bailed to appear at Solihull Magistrates later this month – but whilst on bail Mann’s taste for chewing gum led him to WH Smith…and an eight month prison sentence.