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Shoplifter threw pen at worker’s face in Cambridge

A 37-year-old shoplifter who threw a pen at a staff member’s face in John Lewis in Cambridge has been jailed.

Daryl Stevenson entered the Downing Street store on 5 June, where he picked up a bottle of Rum worth £29 and went to leave without paying.

The shoplifter was handed a prison sentence Picture: iStock
The shoplifter was handed a prison sentence Picture: iStock

He was confronted by staff and ran out the shop before throwing a pen, which narrowly missed their head.

Stevenson, of East Road, Cambridge, was arrested by neighbourhood officers in High Street, March, on 10 June after Costa Coffee reported a man had stolen two sausage sandwiches worth a total of £7.98.

He was later charged with four counts of theft from a shop after he was found to have also stolen 20 shirts worth £300 from Hollister in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge, on 31 May and a bottle of Captain Morgan rum worth £24 from Sainsburys in Mill View, March on 10 June.

Stevenson appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (12 June), where he was sentenced to 34 weeks in prison, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence that he was issued in February after being convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cocaine.

PC Lukasz Borsut said: “No one should be made to feel intimidated or put in danger at work and I am glad this is being reflected through Stevenson being sentenced to some time in jail.

“Our work to tackle retail crime across the city is ongoing, and we will continue to work tirelessly to arrest and put before the courts anyone committing retail related offences.”

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