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Man had ‘flagrant disregard for people and their property’ after shop lifting and stealing elderly woman’s purse

A man who had a “flagrant disregard for people and their property” after shop lifting and stealing an elderly woman’s purse has been jailed. 35-year-old James Adair has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison after being arrested in Corby on Saturday, October 14 in connection with three separate thefts at the One Stop store on Studfall Avenue and the theft of a woman’s purse.

Adair, of Brixham Walk, Corby, pleaded guilty to all offences at Northampton Magistrate’s Court on Monday, October 16 and was given a 14-week jail sentence, including 14 days for the breach of a previous suspended sentence. The robberies from One Stop took place on July 24, August 14 and October 7 this year whilethe theft of a purse, belonging to an 85-year-old woman, occurred on Stuart Road on May 27.

He was ordered to pay the store £40 in compensation and to pay the victim of the purse theft £10- which was the sum of the money missing when it was found dumped in a bin after the crime was committed. The court justified his custodial sentence by saying that it was “because the defendant has a flagrant disregard for court orders, because the defendant has a flagrant disregard for people and their property”.

Sergeant Joe Addis-Phillips of Kettering Response, who oversaw Adair’s charges, responded to the outcome of the trial by saying: “James Adair is a well-known offender in Corby, and I am really pleased for our communities that he has received a custodial sentence for these matters.

“In the case of his repeated shop thefts, Adair was clearly captured on CCTV committing these offences, and thanks to our dedicated Operation Elegance retail crime evidence gatherers we were able to provide footage which left him with no option but to admit his guilt.”

Chief Inspector Carl Wilson, the Force’s retail crime lead, echoed this sentiment and said: “Retail crime is not victimless, it really affects businesses, contributes to higher prices for everyone else, and has a real effect on store staff. We take action against it every day, and it’s great to have positive court results to share in support of our participation in the national Safer Business Action Week.”

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