Man sentenced after two day crime spree in Staines-Upon-Thames
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A man has been sentenced to 24 weeks behind bars following a two day crime spree in Staines-Upon-Thames.
Richard Reilly, 37, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Wednesday (October 20) after the thefts that occurred earlier that day as well as the day before.
On Tuesday (October 19) he entered Farm Foods in Sunbury Cross Shopping Centre at 10:10am. He picked up a bag for life, walked around the store a few times and then made his way to the staff area at the back of the shop. He was seen on CCTV taking personal belongings from staff member’s bags which were left in offices and locker rooms.
At 9am on Wednesday (October 20) Reilly entered the staff area at the back of the Muffin Café in the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre where he stole bank cards and personal items belonging to members of staff. Reilly brandished a hammer at security when challenged. He also tried to use the stolen bank cards fraudulently at a local shop following this incident.
Reilly was also charged with an incident which occurred on September 30, where he was seen on CCTV shoplifting various household items from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stanwell.
He was arrested for two counts of burglary, two counts of theft from a shop, one count of common assault and one count of fraud by false representation.
Reilly pleaded guilty to all offences at Guildford Magistrates Court yesterday (October 21) and was given a custodial sentence of 32 weeks of which he will serve 24.
Investigating officer, PC Dave Udal, said: “This is a great result due to a thorough and prompt investigation by officers. The fact that he was given a prison sentence shows that this sort of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated and should act as a deterrent to anyone planning similar offences and thinking they will get away with it.”