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A prolific shoplifter from Leicester has been jailed for 15 months for stealing items worth more than £800. Howard Lawrence (56), of Wolverton Road, West End pleaded guilty to three charges of shoplifting on Tuesday.

The thefts from three stores in Mansfield were the latest in a string of over 175 offences stretching back 40 years.

Lawrence appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court after being arrested for a theft from the River Island store in Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre the previous Sunday.

The court heard that following his arrest, police officers carried out CCTV inquiries with the help of the affected stores, security staff and Mansfield District Council.

Officers also discovered Lawrence’s car nearby containing more stolen goods, despite him refusing to tell officers where the vehicle was.

Lawrence was sentenced to 60 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of shoplifting from River Island, JD Sports and Holland & Barrett in the town.

Source: Leicester Mercury

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