Long Eaton man jailed following three-month-long shoplifting spree

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Leeroy Simpson (Photo: Nottinghamshire Police)

A 40-year-old man has been jailed for 14 months following a shoplifting spree which lasted nearly three months.

Leeroy Simpson, of Croft Avenue in Long Eaton, pleaded guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order and ten shop thefts at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (9 June).

The series of thefts between 16 February and 1 May saw him hauling items including 16 bottles of self-tan, beef steaks and boxes of washing powder.

Simpson stole from the Co-Op on Bracebridge Drive four times, once on 18 April, twice on 19 April and once on 1 May.

His other targets were Sainsbury’s in Watnall Road in Hucknall on 16 February, Go Outdoors on Mansfield Road in Daybrook on 25 February, Superdrug in Main Street in Bulwell on 19 March, Heron in Bracebridge Drive in Broxtowe on 23 April, McColls in Broxtowe Lane in Broxtowe on 24 April and Wollaton Vale Service Station in Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, on 1 May.

PC Keith Parkes of Nottinghamshire Police said: “Simpson has repeatedly helped himself to goods from shops at the expense of the business owners.

“We know what an impact shoplifting can have on businesses in our community, which is why I’m pleased we have been able to put Simpson before the courts to answer for his actions.

“I’m happy with the outcome today and hope it shows that crime does not pay.”